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Inspired by scuba tanks, Davide Tonizzo creates a playful modular furniture system with an aquatic feel

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Davide Tonizzo designed Scuba, a modular furniture system comprised of sofas, chairs, ottomans and benches that have an aquatic feel.

The designer was inspired by the cylindrical tanks used by underwater divers and this translates into Scuba’s organic forms and aesthetics.

The furniture system has been awarded a 2023 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Inspired by scuba tanks, Davide Tonizzo creates a playful modular furniture system with an aquatic feel

The parts of the Scuba system are simple in form. A relatively flat seat cushion with cylindrical edges forms the base of each product.

This element is then topped with an armrest that is a perfect cylinder. Both elements are like “scuba tanks”.

The system makes use of a “layered” approach to create the different pieces of the collection.

Scuba Modular Design Furniture Collection by Davide Tonizzo

The base seat which is used to form an ottoman or benches is comprised of a self-supporting cushion with an internal structure and 4 legs that are attached at each of the four corners.

The next layer involves seatbacks that can be added to create sofas or chairs to form 3-seat, 2-seat and single-seat configurations.

By specifying a longer leg, an armrest can be added. As well as supporting the armrest, the longer legs can also host a series of round tables.

Scuba Modular Design Furniture Collection by Davide Tonizzo

With the sides of seating products being straight, groupings of one or more chairs/sofas are easily accomplished.

This gives the system more versatility in commercial settings as well as saving space.

Product: Scuba Modular Design Furniture Collection
Designers: designD
Lead Designer: Davide Tonizzo
Manufacturer: Cosimo-Hework