Small Steps

COTTO  2017

What does a good morning actually mean?

The everyday moment of waking up is seldom a smooth transition from the dreamland realm to reality. It all starts with a pounding digital alarm clock, jumping off the bed and groggily rushing to the bathroom. In the search for a softer, more gradual and more enjoyable way of starting the day, we propose ‘Small Steps’, a tridimensional grid which provides a serene ambience to perform our small daily rituals.

The use of Italia Collection’s Bianchezza series confer a temple-like aura to the space, generating a place where the morning frenzy soothes and providing the right atmosphere to both physically and mentally prepare for the working day ahead of us.










The morning time is intrinsically connected with the sunrise, but because of the commuting and early-day working schedule, most of us are only able to see the first rays of light a few hours after waking up. Having this in mind, we propose an integrated mirror which perceives our presence, so that, as soon as we step in the bathroom, we will be gradually and gently cheered by a brighter light, simulating the aurora and metaphorically symbolizing the start of a new day, every day. This pulsing light effect also emphasizes the basic condition of the reflectiveness of the mirror – that of potentiating a daily moment of introspection and confrontation with the self.

Informed by a widespread tradition in Japan where people use a hot towel – normally given to the customers to tidy their hands before the meal – to lay it on their faces for a small moment of relaxation in public can be seen as a rude behavior. To re-contextualize this habit into the private realm, we create a towel holder tray, which invites the user to warm up the towel in the kitchen and bring them to the bathroom for a moment of joy.





Cotto Another Perspective 5

Project in collaboration with Rui Pereira.

Exhibition curated by Naoto Fukasawa

Special thanks to show me design & art gallery, thinkk studio

Photos : Objects-Davide Vidal, Scene-Lasse Floede