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See How unPIZZO Hand-Weaves the Tramae Ottoman for B&B Italia

04.14.20 | By
See How unPIZZO Hand-Weaves the Tramae Ottoman for B&B Italia
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unPIZZO is an Italian design studio specializing in weaving for home furnishings. Founded in 2014 by Agnese Selva and Bettina Colombo, the duo focuses on reimagining traditional methods, like Cantù lace, by taking a modern approach and applying it to new products for contemporary environments. Their latest work, Tramae, comes via a collaboration with B&B Italia Outdoor as part of their new 2020 outdoor collection. Tramae is a vibrant outdoor ottoman available in three, hexagonal sizes featuring a colorful woven exterior that gives nod to wicker basket making. For this month’s Deconstruction, B&B Italia walks us through the design process to see how the Tramae ottomans come to life. Take a look.

Initial sketches of the ottomans in three sizes.

A sketch of the weaving pattern.

The ottoman’s plastic material structure is covered with shaped polyurethane upholstery.

Next, it is covered in water-repellent polyester fiber for outdoor use.

Italian design studio and textile handicrafts laboratory unPIZZO specializes in interlacing for home furnishings. The Tramae ottomans are made using “tombolo”, but for the first time in a vertical way. The result is a three-dimensional woven object.

The surface shows a singular dynamic mix of materials and colors that come to life through an exclusive weave that reinterprets the tradition of wicker basket making but in a modern way.

The yarn is very soft to the touch and adapts perfectly to outdoor spaces. The rope is not a braid, but it is a knit, as if it was made with knitting needles.

The top of the Tramae ottoman is interlaced in polypropylene fiber braid.

At the end of its lifespan, each Tramae component can be separated and disposed of in the best way for that particular material.

Tramae is available in three different hexagonal shapes and four colors, including Bordeaux, Dark gray, Green, and Night blue.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.