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Salone del Mobile: Cappellini, Philippe Starck, Tord Boontje

By Stephanie Smith-Strickland

April 17, 2013

Whitewall’s post coverage of Salone del Mobile continues today with Bartoli Design, Cappellini, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Swarovski and Euroluce.

Bartoli Design was among the mass of exhibitors whose work truly shone. Comprised of a three-person team with a research philosophy of creating “poetics based upon essentiality and balance,” the team’s projects have been exhibited worldwide.

At Salone del Mobile the designers rolled out their “Mono-Twin,” an armchair and sofa featuring a tear drop shaped privacy back that deepens in its center to form a half-circular curve. This feature promotes creativity in room placement and allows users to easily configure the piece in a circular arrangement or let it stand independently. The lightness of design and contemporized quilting technique used in the chair’s backrest are also wholly unique and stylish additions.

For those working with limited amounts of space Bartoli’s “TeddyGirl” table is a modern and tasteful option. Available in gray, white or red, the compact mini-table provides just enough space to rest a tablet, laptop, or even a stack of books. Parents of younger and older children alike can also rest easy, as the table is made of lacquered plastic resin for durability, hardiness, and an easy clean.

Meanwhile the Cappellini presentation wove together three distinctly different stories which all represented the brands vast evolution and experimental soul. The aptly named “Dalia” armchairs resemblance to its floral namesake was no coincidence. The one-person chair is contemporary and comfortable–created from a solid fiberglass and resin base and then coated with polyurethane foam. The brand also expanded on their famed “Lotus” armchairs, adding new, softer color options equally suited for the residential and business interior. Lastly, the company presented their “Trez” three-legged chair, which was discovered last year as part of the brands NEXT talent-scouting project. Designed by “father of modern Brazilian design” Joaquim Tenreiro, the chairs sharp aesthetic is an ode to sculptor Amilcar de Castro whose clean edged design sensibility gave birth to a new era of modern design in Brazil.

Cassina’s Philippe Starck designed “MyWorld” to provide a cocoon from the “schizophrenic society” we inhabit. Built as a protective nest of sorts the lounge system is truly an island of its own. Yet, users can still stay connected while being sheltered, as the sofa system incorporates an electrical re-charging station and a Duracell Powermat for wireless charging. The system is available in leather and fabric, and both materials come with down feather-padded cushions.

Poltrona Frau’s Salone presentation strayed from comfort, and instead focused on minimalist sleekness as seen in their “Bolero” table designed by Robetto Lazzeroni. The tables base legs form a faintly trapeze-like shape while the tabletop cleverly appears to be almost floating in space. Created as a complement to the Lazzeroni designed “Montera” chair, the Bolero is a true minimalist work of art. Similarly, its counterpart the Montera features clean lines and a deeply architectural construction. Light stitching cheekily placed on the back of the chair mimics a smile, and its leather-covered shell beautifully juxtaposes its Wenge-stained ash wood legs.

Tord Boontje continued his tradition of high-end brand collaborations, as Salone saw the designer unveil a Swarovski and Euroluce collaboration. After being asked to reinterpret a chandelier, Boontje turned to the natural world for inspiration. His state-of-the-art lighting fixture “Stellar Doma” features a gently sloping domed shape and hand-placed LED lights. The lights work to illuminate the thousands of artfully placed star-like crystals that creates a breath-taking effect similar to staring at the night sky.

Bartoli DesignCappelliniCassinaPhilippe StarckPoltrona FrauTord Boontje

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