Live a New Mediterranean Way of Life With Talo + Obi


At this year’s Salone del Mobile, luxury outdoor furniture brand Expormim introduced a bevy of newness, not least among them these two collections that caught our eye. Talo and Obi want to inspire you to get closer to nature through their well thought out design features and sustainability – a new Mediterranean way of life, as they refer to it.

off white hexagonal table

First up is Talo, designed by Altherr Désile Park and described as being halfway between nature and geometry. Inspiration from rocky landscapes explains it all with geometric shapes and a natural color palette featuring stone, sage, and terracotta. The outdoor table collection is made entirely from highly-resistant sustainable materials. Enameled aluminum and frosted glass are used for the tabletop while colored concrete makes up the base. The three coffee tables that make up Talo are available in various heights and sizes, there are also several dining tables to choose from. But the one thing they all have in common? An asymmetrical concrete base.

three hexagonal outdoor tables of varying natural shades and sizes

two hexagonal outdoor tables of varying natural shades and sizes

three hexagonal outdoor tables of varying natural shades and sizes

off white 3-seat sofa with black metal structure and surrounding "belt"

Well-known duo Ludovica+Roberto Palomba are the minds behind Obi, which is their latest seating collection. You might guess that it’s named after the main element of a kimono, and you’d be right. In Japanese culture, the obi has to be a different color and theme than the rest of the kimono. The designers translated this into an elastic band that wraps the sofa’s backrest cushions. It can be made of a waterproof textile or leather, providing a welcome visual disruption that also adds beauty. Obi’s structure is made of aluminum injection molding that’s 100% recyclable and profile exclusion.

off white 3-seat sofa with black metal structure and surrounding "belt"

off white 3-seat sofa with black metal structure and surrounding "belt"

off white 3-seat sofa with black metal structure and surrounding "belt"

detail of off white sofa with black metal structure and surrounding "belt"

To learn more about Talo or Obi, visit expormim.com.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.



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