Briccole Venezia by Matteo Thun for Riva 1920


Cologne 2010: Italian designer Matteo Thun presented a table made of disused Venetian mooring posts at imm cologne last week.

Called Briccole Venezia, the design forms part of a larger project for Milan furniture company RIVA 1920 where 18 designers and architects have been asked to design products using recliamed oak from Venice's waterways.

Each unique table is made of boards cut from the posts, supported by legs that slope at various angles.

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Here's some more information from RIVA 1920:


Design: Matteo Thun

“Suggested by Canal Grande and by the gondoliers’ stops, a table made of the briccole’ s wood, typical of Venice, was born. Each table is unique – a piece of Venice at home.”

The tabletop is realized with unique boards that are sectioned from the “briccole”, always keeping the original shape of the trunk. The crossover legs are fixed sideways on the top, by reminding the peculiar lagoon Venetian landscape.

“Oak mooring posts in the lagoon”

In a historical context like the one that we are experiencing, we think it essential to transmit some signals concerning the possibility and necessity of cultivating the idea of recycling materials, by manufacturing objects that will be handed down to the future generations. In a phase of continuous research we have found a material that we consider unique: the Venice’ s “BRICCOLA”. They are oak mooring posts substituted from the Venice’s lagoon because of wear and tear or breaking.

“This natural material”

RIVA1920’ s purpose is of creating some products by using this natural material and by making use of the co-operation of 18 designers and architects of world-wide renown, by arranging an important exhibition during the “Salone del Mobile 2010” fair in Milan, leading it afterwards all over the world.

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  • Bobo

    The reuse idea is cool. However Ive expected sth more innovative than this. There must be more potential solution.

  • chrisR

    I think this is great!! sort of obvious but leaving the edges live, with bug holes and all leaves you with a true relic of the city and an attachment to history.


    I find it beautiful, some times innovation is to find the absolute simplest solution. The future is not only high tech

  • Grig

    I wish they would have added more value in working the wood that just “rustic” furniture. That wood is a renewable source as long as the posts in Venice are replaced with culture oak and let to age in the water. The “stools” and the edges of the tables are not very functional and not particularly graceful.

  • DeVlin

    You should see the tables people from the country side of Romania use… it’s the same thing or i might add… better. (to bad i can’t post pictures)