We are Ruggero and Alessandra, passionate lovers of print, photography and design.
It has been a flurry of hectic activity since October 2012: tens of thousands of Tonki products, works and collaborations with international brands, headquarters in Brescia and branches in the Netherlands and Canada.
Tonki is a bizarre story, born by sheer chance in a London afternoon.
It all started in 2012. One fine day, I grabbed my backpack and hopped on a super low-cost flight for a surprise visit to my girlfriend. On the road, I felt like hitchhiking so I pulled out a piece of cardboard with "147 Kilburn High Rd." written on it. After a while, a truck driver stopped by and gave me a ride to Ale's home.
During the trip, I folded the cardboard piece and stowed it safely in my backpack. I did so because I wanted to give it to Ale in remembrance of that adventure. As we met, I offered her my present to which she attached a picture of us.
A little later, as we came up with a suitable name for this object, our lives changed forever.
Thus was born Tonki, a piece of cardboard that is transformed into an innovative support.
Creating your own Tonki is simple: just go to www.tonki.it, upload an image and place your order. You will receive your Tonki in a few days, ready to be mounted and hung on the wall or placed on any shelf.
Tonki is a cool and eco-friendly framework. It's made from one single sheet of cardboard punched with a unique design. We print your pictures on Tonki's squared 20cm-by-20cm front side and then ship it to your home. Just like Tonki itself, the packaging is eco-friendly cardboard with colorful instructions for an easy assembly - the funniest part of the experience!