For the Salone del Mobile Adele_C unveiled a selection of products to the public that are, above all, elegant. The family of chairs, armchairs and tables designed by the Studio Baldessari is called Bon Ton, an expression of the good, new manners with which wood and metal can be joined. And also the fabric or leather joined to them that, based on the principle of warp and weft, are woven ribbon-like to form the structure and the seat back of the chairs.
Among the generations of emerging designers, it is now the time of Selene Tunesi, with her Blu sofa. It offers an example of the extent to which detail can take center stage, to the point of suggesting the setting in which the sofa can be located. When open, the wing-shaped armrest gives it an enveloping allure and depth, suited to the kind of socializing that happens at home. Closed upon itself, it takes on a more formal tone appropriate to common spaces. The designs of Alessandro Zambelli deliver a dual impact – on one hand, thin metal sheets are folded like origami to become the Ori coffee table or shaped to form the base of the sculptural Araes dining table. With the Atena chair, the designer demonstrates an entirely different sensitivity to materials. By working wood according to the ancient art of cabinet making, and laser-cutting the hide, he throws himself into the arduous task of reversing the roles between structure and seat.
Bon Ton Collection – Designs by Baldessari e Baldessari
Composed of a chair, armchair and tables, the Bon Ton collection pushes research and the possibility of combining wood and metal to the limits of the materials themselves, highlighting their beauty and textural qualities. The chairs are de ned by a solid wood structure with variable section that twists to follow the lines of the human body. Its uid personality changes, depending on the perspective of the viewer. The wood structure ows into and interacts with the very slender, square-cut parts in metal tubing. The textile or leather covering that wraps the structure in a single, over-sized weaving of two bands, inspired by the warp and weft structure typical of weaving.
The tables bring a very sophisticated and modern reinterpretation to the use of plywood, pairing it with a metal base with luxurious finishes. The heft of the generously-sized, elongated tops, linked by wide, soft spokes, is lightened by the singular section of the edge that tapers to its maximum along the external pro le, creating a bold graphic statement. The base of the table is made of contoured rings, doubled up and crossed over one another to create a sophisticated asymmetrical design.
The collection plays with the perception of opposites – the airy lightness of the structure, or the parts of it, juxtaposed with strong physicality – the natural beauty of the wood veins alongside the vibrant hues of the metals.