Produced until 2012
ISOTROPO MODULAR CONTAINERS (1997)
The modularity of these elements plays with Cartesian coordinates, moving well beyond the concept of the simple container. Isotropo’s direct influence on the conformation of the spaces in which it is placed is both discrete and incisive. Its strength is its freedom, which lies entirely in the details of its construction. A reveal profile conceals a joint at the corners of each piece: the result is that any configuration appears to be a coherent and unitary aggregation. Hinges can be positioned along the entire perimeter to easily allow for horizontal or vertical openings. The x, y and z coordinates become the variables of composition as much for this element of furniture as for the space hosting it, demonstrating the purest of rationalist vocations. The function of the modules is determined solely by their position in space, and not the other way around.
Bench, side table, library shelving, a container dividing two spaces: the primary volume is functionally reinvented each time to respond to specific needs. Isotropo is proof that nothing lends itself to the changing needs and definition of space more than a geometric and absolute invariant.
TRIC TRAC TRANSFORMABLE FURNISHINGS (1995)
This multipurpose object is inspired by the idea of playing with the x and y-axes – the horizontal and the vertical – to create diverse volumes and perform equally varied functions. The base is a set of hinged planes applied to a Cartesian grid; they can be opened or closed to create three-dimensional depth or flattened to the point of almost disappearing on the wall. The result is an intelligent boiserie that, thanks to a multiple system of folding planes, can become a container, bookshelf or dividing element. What is more, the hinged elements project from the wall, transforming into folding screens that further articulate architectural space. More than physical possibilities offered by this piece of furniture, opening and closing become tools for designing spatial functions in relation to changing needs.
DORMUSA BED AND SERVENTI TABLES (1994)
Maximum dynamism with minimum effort: the paradox fully resolved by the Dormusa structure and Serventi tables. The main element is a bed that, with the addition of a vertically supported bridge-table, can also become a sofa, sofa bed or day bed; all in the pursuit of maximum comfort and leisure. A series of linear elements, connected by elegant and simple joints, can be assembled to create a host of versatile configurations that informally respond to the most disparate requirements. High quality detailing and finishes ensure an exquisite final result. What appears so simple is, in reality, the fruit of a much more complex vision of how to furnish interior space. Almost limitless configurations permit variations that are never constrained or mortified; on the contrary, they are open to interpretation by their users, responding to needs that change over time. The system of bridging Serventi tables, used to connote diverse functions by transforming the Dormusa to meet specific requirements, is one of the most imitated pieces of furnishing in recent years.
SOTTO E SOPRA TABLES AND BSEDIA CHAIR (1995)
Some time in the 1960s the design world responded to the smaller dimensions of contemporary dwelling spaces by introducing the idea of stackable furniture. The theme was confronted by many of the great masters of design, though rarely has the overlapping of elements offered such a winning solution. Sotto e Sopra is two tables in one: with its ultra-thin dimensions and a perfect joint, one small table doubles in size simply by sliding out its twin and setting the pair beside one another. Yet we must not be fooled by its apparent simplicity: obtaining a similar result requires a meticulous design and the work of master contemporary furniture makers. The table is completed by the Bsedia chair, based on the sample principle of stacking and overlapping.
● 1999 – ISOTROPO – ADI 18° Premio Compasso d’Oro – Selezione d’Onore ADI 1998 – ISOTROPO