Designed by Matteo Fogale and Carolina Palombo in 2018, the Tutura Chair is a tribute to Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista, the iconic 1945 hotel by Uruguayan architect Julio Vilamajó that's built entirely from local materials. This sinuous, chair-for-two is fashioned from rustic, natural materials and constructed by Uruguayan artisans. The frame is Petiribi wood; the back is native Totora braided by a local craftswoman; and the seat is upholstered with wool fabric that is handwoven by weavers from Manos del Uruguay, a craft collective supporting women in rural areas. The piece measures 150 x 85 x 100 cm. The Tutura Chair is a one-of-a-kind.
Based in London, Fogale specializes in furniture and product design, as well as interiors, installations, and creative and strategic consultancy. Driven by an approach that favors honest and premium materials, functionality, and longevity, his work is a combination of everyday objects reinterpreted with a strong iconic character.
Fogale was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) and moved to Italy in 2001. He studied at the Art School Leonardo da Vinci followed by IUAV University of Venice. After graduating he worked on a wide variety of projects with design studios like Patricia Urquiola, Nichetto & Partners, Barber Osgerby, and MAP Project Office.
In 2013, he established his own brand brose~fogale in collaboration with designer Joscha Brose, designing, producing, and distributing the Camerino Collection. In 2014, he launched a new collection of furniture and products in collaboration with designer Laetitia de Allegri, which was awarded a Wallpaper Design Award in 2015.
Since 2018, Matteo has expanded his ever-growing body of work with a series of new collaborations, including an exhibition and collection of furniture pieces designed together with seven Uruguayan design studios and launched at Aram Gallery in London. He lectures at several schools: Ravensbourne, UAL, Central Saint Martins, Bath Spa University, and London Art Portfolio.