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TOTEM ITALIABy TOTEM ITALIA
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TOTEM ITALIABy TOTEM ITALIA
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€263
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53days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, June 12 2019 6:58 AM UTC +00:00.

About


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.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

Our products are designed to last over time, any damage to a part of the product only requires the replacement of the damaged component and not the entire object.
We try to express our idea of ​​beauty through simplicity, an idea of ​​lasting beauty, not subject to fashion or trends. The intrinsic aesthetics of wood prevails over the shape of the products, timeless objects, never going out of style.

Sustainable materials

ECOLOGY = QUALITY
if ecology means first of all ELIMINATING WASTE it is necessary to think of a product that lasts over time, is well manufactured, not perishable and therefore does not contribute to generating waste or pollution. We believe that our products should be made with natural materials that can be regenerated, namely wood. The wood comes from forests where cut trees are replaced with new trees.

Environmentally friendly factories

Our products are an alternative to "consumer" products. Ours are for use. Our challenge is to offer a high quality product at the same price as a "consumer" product. We can achieve this by simplifying every step of the production process, eliminating waste and minimizing service costs such as marketing and advertising. We believe in communication on social networks, which is spontaneous and based on the feedback of real people who trusted us and bought our products.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

All of our products are easy to assemble and take apart. The packaging is compact and takes up minimum volume, making storage and shipment operations easy and efficient, limiting costs and waste.

Something else

In brief: our system is easily reproducible in any geographical area, wherever it is possible to install a laser cutting machine. In this way - and using the local material - it would be possible to make our furniture any place without having to send and store them.

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    About $11
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    Pledge €5 or more About $6

    Hanging circle (a-5)

    a perfect shape, a special gift (specify engraving via email)
    birch plywood
    ø10cm

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    Small container (b-10)

    Small oval container, perfect for spices, paperclips, tacks...
    birch plywood
    8x15 cm

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    Pencil Holder (a-10)

    combining two circles you get a nice pencil holder !
    birch plywood

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    Small oval box (a-15)

    Perfect to store spices or small things
    birch plywood
    8x15 cm

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    Foldable comb (b-15)

    A stylish, original and functional hair comb
    that fits in your pocket perfectly !
    birch plywood
    6x10 cm

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    Foldable mirror (c-15)

    A super slim pocket mirror you can always bring with you !
    birch plywood
    10x12 cm

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    Pledge €30 or more About $34

    Medium oval box (a-30)

    Nice laser-cut oval box made of 100% birch plywood 17x24 cm

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    Small square box (b-30)

    Simple and compact square box made of 100% birch plywood,
    20x20x5 cm

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    Big oval box

    A large multifunctional laser-cut birch plywood box.
    Available in two colors !
    ORANGE (b1-40)
    BLU (b2-40), 17x30cm

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    Ring

    Rings made of special wood essences (ebony, rosewood, tajibo) and silver.
    Handmade and designed by Paolo Cogliati
    specify style:
    a1-40
    a2-40
    a3-40
    a4-40
    a5-40
    a6-40
    a7-40
    a8-40

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    Pledge €50 or more About $56

    Big square box (a-50)

    Simple and functional 100% birch plywood box, 30x30x5 cm

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    Bamboo flute (b-50)

    The soundtrack of our campaign video was played with this flute.
    Each piece is handmade and designed by Paolo Cogliati .
    38 cm

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    Pledge €60 or more About $68

    Small Chair (a-60)

    Small chair for kids, safe and easy to assemble !
    24x27xh40 cm

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    Small stool (b-60)

    Small stool for kids, safe and easy to assemble !
    30x30xh23 cm

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    Module with 1 or 2 drawers

    Available with one large drawer (a1-70) or two small drawers (b2-70)
    36x25x11cm

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    Pledge €80 or more About $90

    SET | 3 boxes (a-80)

    A set of three birch plywood oval boxes: small (8x15cm)+medium (17x24cm)+large (17x30cm)

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    Aku lamp

    This lamp is designed to be fully adaptable and functional: it can be hung on a wall or placed on a table. Made of very thin but robust components . Available in two styles: stripes (b1-80) or dots (b2-80),
    15x10xh30 cm

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    Pledge €100 or more About $113

    SET | 2 small stools (a-100)

    Small stools for kids, safe and easy to assemble !
    30x30xh23 cm

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    Small cloth lamp (b-100)

    Small and elegant lamp with a fabric shade,
    30x30x50cm

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    SET | 3-drawer module

    Two versions available: (c1-100) or (c2-100), 36x25xh16 cm

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    Spira5 table lamp (a-120)

    Table lamp with thin birch veneer elements,
    ø30xh20 cm

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    SET | 4 boxes (b-120)

    A set of four birch plywood oval boxes: one small(8x15cm)+two medium(17x24cm)+one large(17x30cm)

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    Pledge €150 or more About $169

    SET | small table+chair (a-150)

    Kid-sized birch plywood table + chair
    safe and easy to assemble

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    SET | 2 big stools (b-150)

    A set of two birch plywood stools. Durable, resistant and easy to assemble.

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    Abenaki bookcase (c-150)

    Simple and functional bookcase made of 100% birch plywood, 50x23x120cm

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    SET | small table+chair+stool (a-200)

    Kid-sized birch plywood table+chair+stool safe and easy to assemble

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    SET | 4 small stools (b-200)

    Set of four kid-sized stools. Safe, light and easy to assemble.

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    Big cloth lamp (c-200)

    Birch plywood structure with a fabric shade,
    40x40x120 cm

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    About $226
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    SET | 2 Aku lamps+2 big stools (a-250)

    Set of two Aku lamps + two adult-sized stools

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    SET | 6 rings+small square box (b-250)

    A small birch plywood box with 6 rings from the PaloyPlata series of jewelry made of special essences of wood and silver

    Handmade and designed by Paolo Cogliati

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    Small hanging module (a-300)

    A small hanging module designed to save space and last over time. 50x23x120 cm

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    Spira8 ceiling lamp (b-300)

    Ceiling lamp with thin birch veneer elements,
    ø90xh33 cm

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    Lakuna (trasformable cot) (a-500)

    This beautiful multi-function cradle is ideal and economical because you will have 3 pieces of furniture in one. Your child’s bedroom will have a warm atmosphere thanks to this Totem product, designed with a sense of balance and empathy for little ones, as well as an adult eye for practicality and functionality. First it is a safe and beautiful cradle. As your child grows, with a simple modification you can use it as a small sofa for afternoon naps, and when it’s time to go to school it becomes a comfortable desk. The holes used for for air circulation when covered with a mattress become as pencil or small object holders. The transformation is so simple that even a child can do it. 134x68x71 cm

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    Big hanging module (b-500)

    A big hanging module designed to save space and last over time. 94x23x120 cm

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    SET | module+lamp+2stools (c-500)

    A small hanging module 50x23x120, a small cloth lamp and a pair of adult-sized stools.

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    SET | Lakuna+table+chair+stool (a-650)

    Set kid-sized table+chair+stool, safe and easy to assemble + Lakuna: multi-function cradle with 3 pieces of furniture in one.

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    Pledge €750 or more About $847

    SET | big hanging module+Spira8 (a-750)

    A big hanging module (94x23x120cm) designed to save space and last over time.
    Ceiling lamp (ø90xh33cm) with thin birch veneer elements

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    Chaise longue (a-1000)

    beautiful distinctive chaise longue made of birch plywood, 150x60x65 cm

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