sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
 
sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
dec 12, 2013

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
all images courtesy of sopa design studio

 

 

 

the Y-shaped piece, ‘smokey’ by italian sopa design studio is set to become the official ashtray of milan’s, ‘teatro alla scala’ starting from december 7th 2013. the outdoor disposal unit seeks to facilitate the coexistence of smokers and non-smokers within the urban context. sculpturally redefining the common street object, it offers a discreet and simple way to extinguish a cigarette, the stub is put out on the inside of the surface in the Y area, then sliding gently below and disappearing into the inner tank. a small spring tool then enables the butts to be extracted for easy emptying. constructed using cast iron, the simple form can be applied to many settings.

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
the outdoor ‘smokey’ ashtray can be used in a range of environments

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
the Y-shaped piece is the official ashtray of milan’s, ‘teatro alla scala’

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
detail views of the disposal unit

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
looking downwards into the cigarette collector

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
smokey ashtray view of the base

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
the piece is constructed using cast iron

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
stubbing out cigarettes on the inside of the ashtray

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
a small spring tool then enables the butts to be extracted for easy emptying

 

 

sopa design installs smokey ashtray into teatro alla scala italy
the ‘teatro alla scala’ is written on the side

 

 

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  • @marshall : indeed ! but the same could be said of many public trashcans ( a lot of which have now disappeared no thanks to bomb scares )… maybe there’s a grid at the base of the column ? I demand section plans of this design so that we may lay this question to rest !

    Romain M.
  • As much as I appreciate the “open-mouthed pelican” look and the consideration of giving smokers a designated place to snub out a lit cigarette, this design has a major flaw. The designers intended it to be left outside, but what happens when it rains? I don’t see anything from preventing this lawn art from becoming a giant decanter of tobacco tea. Blech.

    Marshall

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