Founded by Frank Tjepkama in 2001, Tjep is an Amsterdam based design studio that materializes abstract concepts into furniture. Their latest creation, Il Treno Fuori, is an inspirational piece that captures your gaze and forces you to ponder on the design of this odd rendition. Il Treno was made for public spaces and it’s design aims to encourage dialogue and deeper connections among society. Tjep is well-recognized, being featured in many publications and media outlets including Elle Decor, Droog Design, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
The Story Behind Il Treno Fuori
Il Treno Fuori evolved from the original Il Treno that debuted in 2013 at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The name “Il Treno” take its name from the Italian word for train. Designed in a shape that follows the contours of a human body in the seating position, Il Treno Fuori is reminiscent of old-fashioned stage carriages. Upon its showcase in 2013, the original Il Treno was well-received, however, tradeshow viewers suggested that the design should be altered into an outdoor furnishing piece. This may have been the best thing that ever happened to Il Treno.
“In Milan, we were astounded with the reception received from the Il Treno – which is an indoor piece – and many people asked how we would envision this outdoors. Taking this challenge we extended the same design inspiration: that we all experience personal journeys every time we share a meal or a great conversation.”
– Frank Tjepkema
Il Treno Fuori Design
Designers at Tjep have recreated the experience of a train that places individuals in close quarters. Being within close proximity encourages conversations to spur in these cozy confines. Il Treno evokes intimacy and romanticism. The idea to promote interaction through the architecture of furniture was well-received but found better application in the outdoors. In public areas, space is abundant and sometimes can discourage interaction among people while indoor spaces already place individuals in a closed environment. For this reason, Il Treno Fuori has become an interesting outdoor piece that fosters engaging conversations over an afternoon meal.
Fabricated using anodized aluminum frames, Il Treno Fuori has some noticeable differences from its predecessor. In order to prepare their concept for the outdoors, Tjep had to redesign the original with materials that would not be affected by the elements of nature. Aluminum is an ideal material for frames because of its durability and lightweight density that make it easy to move.
Designers at Tjep have also incorporated handle bars into the design to make it easy to maneuver. Slatted wood seats made of gorgeous Red Cedar add a taste of elegance to the design. The creators of Il Treno Fouri have outfitted their design with an overhead canopy that provides relief from the sun and an enclosed sense privacy. A convenient table is anchored from the canopy and makes for the perfect place for brunch, studying, or a quick head down nap. Don’t worry about heading home after dark. Il Treno Fuori has a light nestled on the ceiling that prolongs profound conversations well into the night.
While Il Treno is intended for indoor use, you may see Il Treno Fuori in public areas, gardens, and courtyards. This interesting concept allows you to have privacy and seclusion in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life.
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Cheryl Khan is a designer who shares her passions with others who are interested in design and architecture. In her opinion, furniture design mirrors the emotions and abstract thought of traditional forms of artwork.