Tatou is set to become a cult product for lovers of fine design because of its synthesis of form and function, and because of its geometrical, modern and essential style, blending poetic sensitivity with expertise in production techniques.
Classic antique Japanese armour becomes a model of resistance and strength, but also of dynamism, lightness and flexibility. Hence the idea of a luminaire made up of four identical elements, interwoven to form a unified dome which diffuses direct light either upwards or downwards, as well as allowing light to pass through and discretely out of it, so creating a harmonic play on light and shadow through the pattern’s perforated sections.
The name Tatou is the French word for ‘armadillo’, the surprising mammal with a horny protective shell. Likewise, Tatou’s shell protects against annoying direct light in your eyes, but at the same time it is slender and light. Tatou is presented in floor, table and suspension models, in two different sizes and three finishes: white, black or plum dome, combined with a base that is white, black or metallic in shades of pink. > The challenge was to obtain a mass produced product, while retaining strong artisan connotations.—Patricia Urquiola