This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, June 12 2019 6:58 AM UTC +00:00.
TOTEM ITALIA: turning ideas into reality
It was founded in 1996 by the architect and designer Paolo Cogliati, who wanted to self-produce his own projects made from wood.
He needed to find a simple, easy to manage production system for his knock-down furniture, made from components assembled by the user without the use of metal, glue or plastic.
The individual components were laser-cut in birch plywood, TOTEM was the first company to explore this technology applied to wooden furniture. All of the components are computer designed and then arranged and cut from sheets of birch plywood. This process allows the dimensions and typology of products to be adapted, without increasing production time and cost.
What started as an experiment became, over time, a method. The individual products led to increasingly sophisticated made-to-order construction solutions, based on the concept of jointing. A complete catalogue of objects, furnishings and accessories was available by 2003. In 2007, the first 3-level house was built with laser-cut wood components.
Today, after 20 years of experience, our know-how regarding jointed structures, objects and laser cutting has led us to expand into new areas. Our philosophy represents a valid alternative based on usefulness, simplicity of form, quality and durability, thanks to authentic materials which express our cultural values.
Our current goal is to make the TOTEM system democratic, involving anyone in the design and production of objects for their homes, other spaces or specific needs.
We believe in products that are not subject to the passing fashions, remaining faithful to functionality and quality, which are affordable and last over time, and therefore do not generate waste. After many years of experience, we strongly believe in the true ecological value of our products.
Our experience is not an experiment or a utopia, but a solid reality which has been functioning and developing for the past 20 years.
We need your help to create a workshop dedicated to a new way of designing, producing and using objects. A place where anyone can see their ideas take shape and come to life. A place where our system and building solutions are available for creating any type of object, starting from a specific need, a desire or simply from an idea.
It is not about giving the public a machine to cut panels: we want offer our twenty-year experience and dedication to creating a more conscious, participatory and ethical production system.
AWARDS AND PRESS REVIEWS
These rewards are a small sample of projects made using our system, all made of birch wood. We also added the bamboo flutes used to record the music of the soundtrack of the video and wood and silver rings made by Paolo Cogliati.
Risks and challenges
Risks are very low. We have 20 years of experience and our production system is simple, based on laser cutting, with only one raw material: birch wood. We focused on simplicity precisely to reduce risks and weak points created by complex production systems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter