Роскошь рококо, флуоресцентные подтеки и неоновые дыры – именно такой видит классику в современном интерьере дизайнер Ферруччо Лавиани. F* the classics! Коллекция с кричащим за себя названием и соответствующей дерзостью была выпущена фабрикой Fratelli Boffi летом 2012 года и наделала немало шума в дизайнерских кругах.
Консерваторы и любители антиквариата хватаются за сердце и успокоительные, ведь мебель, служившая французским королям и считавшаяся эталоном стиля и роскоши это аксиома, доказательств которой не требуется.
Ферруччо Лавиани пересмотрел взгляды на классику и, несколько иронизируя, представил ее в новом свете. Яркий пример такой иронии – диван Collage. Сборная солянка из чисто английского орнамента на коже и графичного рисунка на атласной обивке дивана воспринимаются как интеллектуальная игра для тех, кто не прочь пошутить и повеселиться.
Anche se ormai abituati allo stile eccentrico e alla fantasia prorompente, è sempre una sorpresa entrare nel mondo delle meraviglie di Fratelli Boffi. Da una lato la carica estetica dei prodotti e dall’altra la velleità delle lavorazioni continuano infatti a solleticare la nostra curiosità lasciandoci a bocca aperta. Nella concezione di arredo dell’azienda, le forme e gli stili decorativi del passato – armonici e rassicuranti – e le intrusioni contemporanee – visionarie e accattivanti – si fondono per creare uno spazio domestico intrigante e prezioso dove l’identità delle differenze si risolve e si rivela.
Quest’anno per la prima volta i prodotti sono firmati dalla creatività originale di Ferruccio Laviani che, abile nell’equilibrare il linguaggio contemporaneo a ispirazioni del passato, si trova subito a proprio agio nel plasmare il legno e nel mettere insieme tessuti e ottoni. Conosciuto per uno stile versatile e per la sua grande capacità di ispirarsi alle diverse possibilità di trasformazione dei materiali, il designer esprime pienamente la filosofia dell’azienda e l’intuizione di questa collaborazione ci porta in un nido incantato e suggestivo dove lo sconvolgimento di forme familiari ci regala originali punti di vista.
La tradizione si conferma ancora una volta fonte di ispirazione e nelle linee del comò (W)hole si riconoscono la delicatezza e l’armonia dello stile Luigi XV. Ma le curve sinuose, le ricche arricciature e la composizione delle decorazioni dorate, ispirate alle forme della natura, vengono sdrammatizzate dall’intrusione surreale di un buco: un cono forato di legno laccato fucsia che potrebbe essere la porta per accedere ad un mondo onirico e visionario. Un mobile di grande impatto che anticipa una collezione unica e come sempre originale fatta di narrazioni poetiche, divertenti giochi e illusioni che nascondono un’anima sofisticata dove i dettagli non sono mai lasciati al caso.
Così la meraviglia, quello che per gli antichi era l’origine di un sapere astratto, per i Fratelli Boffi è invece il fine ultimo di un artigianato che affonda le sue radici nella realtà dell’ebanisteria e di una cultura pratica che ci accoglie nell’incantesimo di una casa confortevole ed elegante.
Finding a fabulous new design source is as exciting as eating some wonderful new dish at a great restaurant for me. I immediately beg the recipe from the chef so that I can enjoy the eating experience again and ultimately share it with friends and family at a dinner party in my house. Obviously my creative genes spill over into many different areas!
Such it was when I accidentally discovered the Italian furniture company Fratelli Boffi while I was writing my last ProductsPicks post for Houzz.com (see post). I was searching for some fabulous looking gold furniture for my post and unearthed the Fratelli Boffi web site. Not only did it have a stunning looking gold chest of drawers but it also had so many other terrific pieces of furniture that I just had to write about them.
I think the furniture is simply fabulous…full of style and wit and unusual twists and turns on classical furniture pieces. I mean, really, isn’t the sofa above beyond clever? Think of seeing it a hotel lobby and how impressed you would be with the decor. And, you will have to admit that putting a big pink lacquer cutout in a classic French commode is definitely out there on the design-edge.
The company was started by Carlo Boffi in 1928, a highly skilled wood carver who reproduced traditional chairs in the style of Louis XV & Louis XVI. Today the company strives to keep this level of excellence in all of the products it produces but mixes it with a modern flair. They are renown not only for their craftsmanship and excellent finishes but for the timelessness of their designs.
Fratelli Boffi’s collaboration with the designer Aldo Cibic and his line, “Antologia” proved to be a pivotal point in the development of the companies move into the future. This particular collection has become the signature furniture line for both the residential and commercial divisions, creating furniture that is recognized world wide.
Although Fratelli Boffi has a huge reputation for completing numerous installations in hotels and restaurants and a significant association with the fashion industry and it’s showcases, I still think many of their designs would be just perfect for residential design projects.
They have a huge selection of different collections which makes them a go-to for unusual and unique pieces for your home. I highly suggest surfing their site if you are interested in giving your interiors that special touch of modern chic-ness that will make it outstanding.
Born in Cremona, Italy in 1960 He received a diploma in 1984 from the Design Polytechnic of Milan He took his degree in architecture in 1986 at the Polytechnic of Milan.
From 1986 to ’91 He is a partner in the STUDIO DE LUCCHI srl. and does projects for different companies, among these: ABET LAMINATI, MANDARINA DUCK, MEMPHIS, OLIVETTI, PELIKAN, POLAROID, RB ROSSANA ,SWATCH. He curates the show “TECHNIQUE DISCRETES le design du mobilier italien 1980-1990” Louvre, Paris. He is in charge of the historical section of the GRONINGER MUSEUM, Holland together with Alessandro Mendini. He collaborates with MEMPHIS taking part in the “12 new MEMPHIS’” MEMPHIS ’87 and designing the stand for the Milan Furniture Fair and the show room in New York.
From 1991 to present He curates the artistic direction of KARTELL and designs their stands at: the Salone del Mobile Milan, Laeln Messe Koln, ICFF New York, the sales outlets (among these: Milan ’97, New York’98, Copenhagen ’00, Madrid ’02, Brussels ’02, San Francisco ’02, Istambul ’03, Monaco ’03, Bordeaux ‘03, New York ’03, Tokio ’04, Palermo ‘04) the corners, the shops in the world. He contributes to the creation of the “KARTELL OFFICE” concept ’99 in which he is in charge of the graphics project of the catalog and he creates the “Max” table ’98. He designs and realizes the concept of the Kartell Business Museum ‘99. He is in charge of setting up event and shows such as: the presentation of the book: “Kartell 150 items, 150 artworks” at the Triennale of Milan. He designs the lights Fly and Easy ’02, Take ’03, Bourgie ’04, Gé ’05 and table Four ‘04.
Since 1992 He collaborates with FOSCARINI MURANO designing for them the lights: the floor lights, Orbital ’92 and Dolmen ’96, the wall light Bit ’93, the suspension light Supernova ’01, the table light Lenin’01, Teorema’05
1992 He collaborates with IMEL designing for them the stand at the Salone del Mobile, Milan. He is in charge of the photography and design of the bed “Sebastiano” ’91, the seat “Paola” ’92, the table “Samir” ’92.
From 1992 to present He is the Art Director of EMMEMOBILI and designs: the table Edu ‘94, the bed Rio ‘92, the table Ufo ‘94, the table Ferro ‘98, the bed 4 and the bed-head 12 ’99, the day bed Sils ’00, the table Sandro ’00, the library Sami ’01, the table Jan ’01, Table Palermo’02, seat Roma’02, chest of drawers Lerici ’02, bed Capri ’02, bed Shiva ’03, the table Said ’03, the saidboard Modular,’03, the sofa Dune ‘03.
From 1994 to 2002 He had collaborated with Moroso, and design: the sittig System Malta, the Sofa Simple ’95, the sofa Jorge ’99, the armchair 40/80 with Achille Castiglioni’99, the sofa Ginevra ’00, he designed the refurbishing of the one brand showroom in Milan and Udine, he project several settings up of the showroom, Milan during the furniture fair.
From 1995 to 1996 He is the Art Director of the MITO, he designs the new logo and designs ’94 the lights Itaparica, Bomfim, Olinda, Slim, Marina ‘94. He designs the stand for Euroluce, Milan.
From 1995 to 1997 He had collaborated with T70 and he is in charge of the graphic project of the catalog . He project the setting up of stand during the Milan Forniture Fair
From 1995 to 1997 He collaborates with the FORUM COFFECCOES L.t.d.a. realizing the photography shows of the book “Welcome to Brazil” (Rio de Janeiro) and of the catalogue “24 HOURS” (Gallery San Paolo, Sao Paolo); he curates the stage design for the presentation of the collection ‘96/’97 and the remodeling of the TRITON stores in Brazil.
1996 For PATRICK COX-WANNABE he curates the set-up for the presentation of the collections in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.
1996-1997 For FONTANA ARTE he designs the family of chairs “Solange” chaise longue, arm chair, seat “Bobo”.
From 1997 He collaborates with COSMIT. With architect Achille Castiglioni he curates the show dedicated to Gio Ponti and Vico Magistretti. Later he then curates the cultural shows dedicated to Bruno Maunari and “Techniques and Forms” for ASSOLUCE. He designs the other communal stands of the Salone Satellite. He is the artistic consultant in planning the stage design of the TV show “Ricominciare” produced by RAI in collaboration with Cosmit.
From 1997 For the event ABITARE IL TEMPO, Verona, he participates in the show with Ettore Sottsass, Issey Miyake, Achille Castiglioni and Andrea Branzi. In the exhibition “1999 Italy – Europe. Scenes from young design” he designs the general set-up of the area dedicated to “Multi- media Design” and exposes, in a section of the show “From product design to strategic design”, some of his products. In the edition of ABITARE IL TEMPO, 2000 he curates the set up of the show “Tempo e Abitare” and participates in the show “Dafne or il compimento del classico”.
From 1997 to present He collaborates with èDePADOVA” curating the image of the show room on Corso Venezia, Milan.
From 1997 to 2005 He curates the Artistic Direction of FLOS SpA researching and creating for them a new expository system for their lights. He designs the stands for the following events: Euroluce Milan, Interieur Belgium, Light Building Frankfurt, Birmingham England. He does the plans for the remodeling and the set-up of the company sales outlets throughout the world, among these: Milan ‘99-’00, Rome ’98, Paris ’98 /’04, Stockholm ’99 Copenhagen ’02 Belgio ’03, Taiwan ’04, Hangzou ‘04. He designs the FLOS Space in the world, among these; Dussendorf, Istanbul, Tokio, Colonia, Telaviv, Hong Kong, New York. He designs and restores the head quarter office in Brescia,Italy.
From 1999 to present He design for DADA –ALTA CUCINA (MOLTENI & Co) the kitchen model Quadrante for which he edits the grafic and the artistic direction of catalogue, and the kitchen model Vela Quadra. He project and setting up the space named “Cook Space Laboratory” during the Abitare il Tempo Fair in Verona
2000 For DADA he is in charge of the presentation of the kitchens at the Galleria Meravigli, Milan, for the Salone del Mobile.
From 1999 to 2003 he collaborates with PIOMBO designing the first company stores: Milan, Via della Spiga, Venezia Calle Vallaresso and the show rooms of Milan and New York. He curates the
stage design for the fashion shows of the men’s collection and the graphic project of the presentation booklet for the sales outlets and the press campaign. He coordinates the PIOMBO CASA collection and designs some of the pieces: vase, napkin holder.
2000 As a professor at the DOMUS ACADEMY he holds several seminars, among them the one dedicated to “Seat Toledo”. He is the art director of PANDORA Design s.r.l., for whom he curates the collection PANDORAMIQUE and designs the sets: “Toy Food” and “Beauty Food”.
2001 For FEDERLEGNO ARREDO he curates the stand of the international show “Abitare Italia” in Brasilia and is the speaker at the seminar “DESIGN ITALIANO HOJE: REFEXOES E PROJETOS”, he is a professor in the design department of the Politecnico di Milano for the program of laboratory activity concerning final synthesis, trends, products and strategies for fashion.
2001 –2002 He curates the Artistic Direction, the coordinated and graphic image of MERATI s.r.l. and designs: the exposition areas, the stands at Cersaie, Bologna, the new packaging for the samples of the trimmings.
From 2001 to present He begins his collaboration with Dolce&Gabbana creating and designing for them: the concept of the corners for the Dolce&Gabbana line; the interior of the new headquarters in Milan, Via Goldoni and especially: the show room, the offices, the sales area, the sales entertaiment area, restaurant, private area. Moreover he’s in charge of the artistic direction, designing furniture and accessories. He design, with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, a new concept for the interior of woman, man and accessories space (boutique, shop in shop, corner) worldwide. He project the interior for the 1700 sq.m. area dedicated to “man”, in Milan Corso Venezia and in particular: the man boutique, the bar Martini, the Sicilian barber, the Grooming area, designing the general architectural project, the furnishing, and the accessories. He project the new woman boutique in Milan, via Spiga 26 and the new accessories boutique in via Spiga,2.
He projecs the interior of Dolce&Gabbana’s Multipurpose space named Metropol He curates the set-up of follow events: “20 Yars Dolce&Gabbana” celebrative party in Milan, “D&G Party Fever”, Milan, “DG Motorola party” Milan and “D&G 54 Party”, Cannes.
2002 For SNAIDERO SpA he created the set up of the stand for Eurocucina, Milan
2002 He designs for CASSINA, for the forniture fair, Milan, the set up of the show room in Via Durini.
2003 He creates and designs the “SOCIETY CLUB” boutique in Montecarlo
2003 He creates and designs for MARTINI&ROSSI the set up of “Terrazza Martini” at Lido di Venezia during the Venice International Film Festival
From 2005 to present He works with Molteni&C designing for them the sitting sistem harmchair Hi-Cove and the sofa Hi-Brige. He projects the new showroom in Milan Corso Europa.
2005 For LaRinascente he projects the new concept of the first floor for the department of Padova
2005 He projects for Limonta the a concept for the new brand of homewear and the flagshop in Milan
2006 He curates the Artistic Direction, of Group Marazzzi-Ragno Spa. In particular: the showroom, the stand at Cersaie fair, Bologna, Italy, shopin-shop, the new advertaising and brocure.
2005 For Swarovski he designs the lamp Yoga.