Metal's inner nature allows limits to be overcome and challenges to be made, primarily to the material itself, to shape and mix completely different volumes, thicknesses and gauges. Thus, lightness and heaviness combine in perfect harmony. Metal tables, side and console tables created by top design brands – such as Desalto, De Castelli and Mdf Italia – are based on a graceful play of contrasts. This is made possible thanks to the refined technical expertise, design know-how and artisan excellence used in the metal cutting, welding, crowning and bending processes.
“A solid that has been partially deconstructed and carved out”. This is the concept behind Guglielmo Poletti’s Void collection for Desalto. A series of console and side tables made of metal, a material that allows the exploration of the relationship between the architectural concepts of mass and emptiness. Thanks to a subtle, delightful work of “subtraction”, Poletti has created a piece characterised by linear profiles and extreme purity of volumes, which also has a strong visual impact.
MM8 stands for 8 millimetres. Guglielmo Poletti’s table conceived for Desalto defies the limits of matter and exploits the physical properties of aluminium to achieve a perfect balance of lightness and stability. The two cylinders – containing two weights which increase the rigidity of the structure – support the top which is only 8 mm thick. This creates a charming contrast between the impressive volumes of the base and the thinness of the surface.
Elisa Ossino’s table created for De Castelli is a real metal sculpture made of only three elements: a rectangular top and two semi-cylinders that serve as the base. Thanks to the combination of functionality, technique and aesthetical beauty, Plateaux of Mirror evokes an essential minimalism creating a perfect harmony between pure lines and monolithic volumes.
De Castelli, who has designed the Botero side table, considers it the result of an “oxymoronic aesthetic”, as it originated from the contrast between thinness and thickness. The five slender legs support an imposing surface and keep it in balance. A concrete evidence of De Castelli’s technical expertise who “finds in this sculptural object the quintessence of complexity and formal sophistication".
Two side tables, Sunrise & Sunset, stand out like two large suns, one for the sunrise and one for the sunset. Their materials, copper and brass, make the similarity even more striking, as they accentuate light and warmth. The shades, fading from a luminous centre towards more gradually oxidised tones, are the result of a completely hand-crafted finish. A Delabré iron base in the shape of a truncated cone contrasts with the top. Design by Artefatto for De Castelli.
"This collection is the ultimate expression of the exchange between indoor and outdoor". These are the words of José A. Gandia and Blasco Canales about the GBmodular collection, designed for Gandiablasco and based on a structure made of anodised aluminium. The dining table is the emblem of simplicity, clean lines and functionality, perfect to create a charming, evocative atmosphere in both indoor and outdoor environments.
La Grande Table, realised by Xavier Lust for Mdf Italia, is made of a single curved and painted aluminium sheet. Its slender and extremely thin shape responds to the Belgian designer's desire to create objects with innovative and original volumes. The aim is, once again, to overcome the limits of the material: a structure more than 4 metres long supports a layer of only 6 millimetres thick.
Gon, designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti for Paola Lenti, is a dining table created in turned steel, with two cylindric legs supporting the top, characterised by rounded corners on the long sides of the rectangle. Gon has a great scenic impact, thanks to the contrast between the volumes of the base and the thinness of the surface, and the juxtaposition between curved lines and squared geometrical shapes.
Gold Arch is one of Pietro Franceschini's materpieces. A console table made of brass or golden steel, in which the repetition of the archs and layers, on a smaller scale, makes reference to more imposing archictectural buildings, such as bridges and arcades. The subtle technique and the complexity of the manufacturing highlight its preciousness and timeless elegance.
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