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Project: "Tabhole"
Company:ZO-loft architecture & design
Designer(s): Paolo Emilio Bellisario, Andrea Cingoli, Valentino Castelli, Elisa Cautilli, Italy
Category: , Professional
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Entry Description: As children, many of us have created a refuge under the home’s table: a secret hiding place where making up stories full of fantasy and fairy characters. Tabhole was born in the wake of this childhood’s habit, as a table designed to increase the versatility of the top and give surplus value to the usually unused intrados of the table. The goal is to create new relationships between "above" and "below" of the table, between the adult world "above" and the world of children "underneath" to let the parents to revive the memories of the past and give children a space around them to live as they wish. Thanks to 5 circular holes (30 and 12 cm in diameter) cutted on the table “special desin bags” are accommodate. While , on one hand, adults can simply use the bags for storing and the holes to pass laptop cables while working at home, on the other hand, under the table, pockets create a colourful microcosm to entertain kids, a landscape built for gravity with puppets and “traps” for magic tricks, where to play or watch the adult’s world from a window opened in the roof of his secret bolt-hole. The puppets are located at the edge of the top to be used to entertain the kids during the “jelly” too. Filling the holes with potted plants or small shrubs there is also a “green” alternative: to use Tabhle to create a small “house undergrowth” where having a picnic all togheter. It is probably remarkable to underline the fact that Tabhole born thanks to the collaboration and interaction of four artisans : a carpenter, a blacksmith, a tailor and an upholsterer. Just the mix of these skills is certainly an additional and precious value to the project.

About the Designer/Company
1/4 architecture + 1/4 product design + 1/4 communication + 1/4 researching lab. Founded by Paolo Emilio Bellisario, Cristian Cellini, Andrea Cingoli and Francesca Fontana, ZO_loft architecture & design is an architectural and product design practice with operative offices in Italy, France and UK. ZO_loft was born believing in mobile, sustainable, and flexible architecture, design and urban space. Planning and managing the changement ZO_loft is following its aims by reinventing or hybridizing functions, contaminating or showing an apparent funcional disgregation. Since its founding ZO_loft is networking with national and international partners mixing an ongoing research and experiences, creating new connections for knowledge and innovation on a common research and experimentation about dynamics of contemporary design. ZO_loft proposes to discover and use inexpensive and sustainable technologies and materials, to analize recovery and recycling processes, to investigate in human’s life-style and activities, providing easy marketing strategies and better understanding consumer’s needs. Since 2011 ZO_loft is partner of the urban lab Cityvision. They collaborate with with the Faculty of Architecture of Pescara and the Quasar Institute - Design University of Rome. Their architectural and product design works had been awarded, exposed and published worldwide.