Founded in the 1980s as a humble artisan based company, Tonelli was born from the deep and lasting passion for research and experimentation of an old, beautiful, and difficult material; glass. Through persistent glass manipulation and trial and error with structural bonding agents and techniques, Tonelli eventually found a welding agent that not only left the bonded sections transparent, but left these same jointed areas stronger; this technique put Tonelli's products on the industry map and turned their products in to symbols of innovation. Within the sequential years, the company continued to experiment with their favorite material, such as using shatterproof glass, and further steadied their foothold as a noteworthy design company.
Tonelli features pieces that sometimes seems to function more as wondrous art piece rather than a furnishing. Today, Tonelli pushes the boundaries of technology to create products that enhance the beauty of glass while maintaining functionality. Wood, mirrored, and chromed accents complement many of Tonelli's pieces, making the range well suited for many modern aesthetics.
Karim Rashid is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior, fashion, furniture, lighting design and art. Born in Cairo, half Egyptian, half English, and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York. He is best known for bringing his democratic design sensibility to the masses. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Dirt Devil, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method, Karim is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of the consumer culture. He has had some 2500 objects put into production to date. His designs of the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the award-winning Semiramis Hotel in Athens have successfully expanded Karim's scope to include the realm of architecture and interior design.
Karim was honored with the title of 2007 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards Product Design Finalist, the 2006 Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design, the 2005 Honorary Doctorate from Corcoran College, the Sleep05 European Hotel Design Award, and the 2005 Pratt Legends Award. Karim has also won the prestigious I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, Red Dot Design Award, and Chicago Athaneum Good Design Award numerous times throughout his career. His work is in the permanent collections of 14 Museums worldwide including MoMA and SFMoMA and he exhibits art in various galleries. Karim was an associate Professor of Industrial Design for 10 years and is now a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally. Karim has published his guide to living Design Your Self from Regan Books (2006), Digipop a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005), Karim Rashid: Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books, 2004), as well two monographs titled Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001). He edited the International Design Yearbook 18 for Calmann and King (2003) and released two CD's on boutique label, Neverstop.View other products by Karim Rashid