| ZANOTTA / MILAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR 2007
A protagonist in the furnishing and made in Italy industry, right from the very beginning in 1954, Zanotta is still recognized as a leading company in Italian design. Zanotta products mark and anticipate the rends for living concerning the formal and technological innovation they bring. The current collection is developed along various product types: armchairs, sofas, beds, furniture, container units, bookcases, tables, chairs and accessories.
Zanotta's head office is in that part of Lombardy that has always beem famous for the traditional handcrafts shops that have contributed to the birth of a flourishing furniture industry.
In the 80s Zanotta inaugurated the production of "expressive" furniture in small series or limited editions, in parallel with its mass production. These precious pieces of furniture and accessories are closer to visual arts than to design in a strict sense. Famous architects and artists freely design them without limits. Applied art objects are produced with traditional processes that are dying out and are foreign to or very far from mass production. Marquetry and manually performed lacquering, bronze fusions in moulds, sponge or gold leaf decorations and silk-screen paintings are an example of this.
At the International Furniture Fair Milan 2007 Zanotta presents:
Three tables: the extendable Giravolta by Emaf Progetti with a steel structure painted the shade of graphite, honey-comb core tops and legs in plywood, veneered in natural oak or wengé-stained. The table expands by turning the tops and then tipping over the upper top. Also by Emaf Progetti is the Desco table, round and square, with a laminate top for outdoor use in either white or black. Of striking aesthetic and emotion impact is Bigwire by Arik Levy. It is made of steel painted the shade of graphite, red or white and has a tempered glass top painted to match the structures.
Arik Levy's series includes two coffee tables, Wire and Smallwire in high and low versions, in steel painted black, red, orange or white, with tempered glass top painted to match the structures.
Level, a bookcase highly innovative both in design, thicknesses and composition of materials is also by Arik Levy. It is 12-mm medium-density aluminium-plated and veneered in oak.
There are three new armchairs: Evolution by Ora Ito and Hillroad, a model signed by Christophe Pillet. They both have a rotating base and rigid polyurethane body. Surprisingly, there is the new edition of the Karelia armchair designed in 1966 by Finnish designer Lijsi Beckmann, reinterpreted by Zanotta in the swinging style of the new fabric treated with shiny Texirè.
The 2007 collections of sofas and armchairs are designed by Emaf Progetti – Dama and Gamma – and by Karim Rashid – Koochy. Dama has steel feet painted aluminium or graphite, a steel structure and elastic strip springing. The stuffing is polyurethane with differentiated thicknesses/Dacron Du Pont. The upholstery, with quilted seat cushion, is in fabric or leather and is removable. The reduced sizes make it quite suitable for the "contract".
Gamma is a padded piece available in the two one-piece and modular versions (with pouf). It is extremely versatile and comfortable.
Koochy is a sofa with an organic, enveloping shape, and is made of self-extinguishing polyurethane foam with elastic strip springing and a steel structure.
Three models are presented for the bed area: Ninin, designed by Emaf Progetti, which revisits the classic idea of the padded bed in a modern vein with padded headboard and base; and then two more linear and innovative beds by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. They go by the names of Moon and River. The first has a painted steel base and structure, bent beech staves and padded headboard with quilted upholstery lined with reversible Dacron Du Pont, in fabric or leather. The second one also has a painted steel base and structure and bent beech staves, but comes with hide upholstery.
Long-awaited following the successes of the previous "sisters" designed by the gentle genius of Roberto Barbieri: the new wooden Ada chair with natural, wengé-stained or grey varnished oak legs and internal aluminium structure, and the Talia chair. The former has padded seat and back upholstered in fabric, leather or hide, and the latter is a design revolution of the Lia model, transformed into a stackable version.
Le Roi piece of furniture designed by Alessandro Dubini for the Zanotta Edizioni collection. It is made with a wooden structure plated with aluminium plates decorated with the sublimation printing technique. This allows the decoration to be indelibly transferred from a sheet of paper to the plate of aluminium. Wooden internal structure and top painted black. Very evocative, there are nine signed and numbered specimens. Every series has a different colour of decoration.
In addition to the previously mentioned shiny Texirè fabric presented with the Karelia easy chair, other upholsteries have been added to the new 2007 range: the soft Tango fabric, with a silky finish, in pile-backed polyester in 25 different shades and the new Tirso, a fresh combination of cotton, viscose and Zanotta wool in different shades.
Finally, from the past editions and again available in the glamorous collection of neo-handicraft Zanotta Editioni – a special limited edition series of recent works and pieces of furniture designed in the past Century – we signal, among others the following products:
Remida – stool by Fortunato Depero –, Singer – ironic chair by Bruno Munari –, Neolia – spark arrester by Andrea Branzi –, Alchera – chest of drawers by Joe Tilson –, Zande – vase by David Palterer –, Adorno – bookcase by Pierre Charpin –, Veryround – seat by Louise Campbell –, Raw – table by Garth Roberts –, Fiore – partition wall by Fabrizio Bertero, Andrea Panto, Simona Marzoli –,
Zeus and Teti – coffee tables by Prospero Rasulo –,
Dessouschic – table and console table by Noè Duchaufour Lawrance –,
Geotropa, Genesio and Alicante – wooden inlaid works by Alik Cavaliere –,
Nairobi and Mombasa – pieces of furniture by Ettore Sottsass –,
Calamobio and Sirfo – seat, console, chests of drawers and coffe table by Alessandro Mendini –,
Pavone, Mariposa and Metopa – seat, bench and headboard by Riccardo Dalisi –,
Dorian and Doris – tables by Dominique Mathieu.
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