Luxury goods brand Tod's will show its ongoing commitment to design by commissioning a special piece of work for its Via Della Spiga Boutique to celebrate the 2011 Salone del Mobile.

The extraordinary craftsmanship that goes into a Tod's shoe or bag is akin to the finest piece of furniture crafting, making the luxury goods brand and the design world natural allies. Which is why it's no surprise that the brand have continually chosen the world's greatest furniture fair to nurture this relationship.

This year, Tod's installs the 'Globe'. A symbol of the brand's worldwide vision, artist Felice Limosani has built an enormous 'Globe' made from more than 17,000 wooden pencils in Tod's specific shade of orange, with the continents made from erasers representing the pebbles at the bottom of the iconic Tod's Gommino shoe.

Tod's began their Salone del Mobile involvement in 2008 by asking architect, designer, art director and talent scout Giulio Cappellini to commission leading designers, BarberOsgerby, Ineke Hans and Patrick Norguet to create special window display that would travel to the flagship Tod's boutiques around the world in a project titled 'Looking at Tod's'.

The brand continued to mark the Salone del Mobile in 2009 with the show Design Icons, where the J.P. Loafer was placed alongside 10 iconic chairs by the likes of

Marc Newson and Ron Arad - all personally selected by Cappellini for the occasion.

The Cappellini / Tod's union was reignited again in 2010, this time in an exhibition heralding remarkable pieces of design that transcend time. Iconic Tod's pieces were displayed alongside works by some of the design world's biggest names.

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