Ido stool by Frank Rettenbacher

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High seat ideal for kitchen counters, cafés and restaurants.

Small objects whose beauty and practicality of use are tied to the details: the slightly concave wooden seating, the nice contrast between the selected wood type, either in natural oak or Canaletto walnut, and the satin-finished stainless steel triangle that serves as a footrest.

“Inspired by the classic Giotto stool by Zanotta that celebrated its 40th birthday in 2015, I proposed a new design for a wooden seating, based on my previous work with the company. Ivo is a simple and robust stool, created in natural oak or Canaletto walnut with steel reinforcing tie-rods. I sought out a technical element to contrast with the wood that would be functional yet could also render a certain character to the product. The metal elements have finishing in diverse colours, connecting to the wooden legs to give vitality to a durable and solid product. Zanotta asked me to design a higher version that could be used in cafés and restaurants. We thus named the stool ‘Ido’ to accompany its little brother Ivo. After experimenting with various steel tie-rods, I concluded that a simple triangle would serve best for a rigid footrest. As such, I left it in unpolished natural stainless steel.”

(Frank Rettenbacher)