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From the 16th to 22nd of January 2017, Cappellini will be taking part to Imm Cologne, the international furniture exhibition and reference point for the interior design marketplace, with some new projects and a selection of its most representative products in a stand designed after rationalist architecture in a perspective interplay of solids and voids designed by Giulio Cappellini.

A singular beige colour was chosen for walls and floors to convey a strong authentic character and magnify a colour palette comprising of beige, pink, green and charcoal shades according to contemporary trends.

Standing out amongst most recent products, the Drum Armchair by Mac Stopa, Embroidery Chair by Johan Lindstèn, the Lukis Chair by Abie Abdillah, Telo Lounge by Sebastian Herkner and the tables Bong Floreal by Giulio Cappellini and Tangle Table by Nendo. For the living room, some of the most popular cabinets by Cappellini, such as Lochness by Piero Lissoni and HiFi by Giulio Cappellini. Displayed in different exhibition areas, best sellers from the collection by Cappellini like Lotus Sofa by Jasper Morrison and Panda Sofa by Paola Navone matching the Branch Table by Jacob Wagner.

Completing the interior design, lights and accessories from Progetto Oggetto and Magic Carpet collections. An aesthetic solution showcasing the multifaceted universe of Cappellini offering a complete range of furniture designs to decorate the space with flexibility and create a total look without standards or canons.

Inside the same pavilion, at one of Stylepark exhibition areas, the German brand is presenting an installation by Giulio Cappellini and Antonio Facco, re-imagining the iconic Tube Chair designed in 1969 by Joe Colombo in a new contemporary edition with new materials and manufacturing. Tube Chairs chases one other on a large conveyor belt resembling a road amongst hills and evoking the curves of the armchair new edition with stretch fabric upholstery and vibrant colours. A tribute to contemporary design with the shapes of a timeless and revolutionary product.

Furthermore, other products by Cappellini, such as Alodia and Thinking Man's Chair, will be displayed at the Das Haus installation designed by Todd Bracher.




Drum – design Mac Stopa


Drum is a tribute to hexagonal drum pads from the '80s. The visual impact of geometric configurations turns into the designs of an armchair that can be arranged in a composition game of modular elements to accommodate any seating configuration for large open spaces, along with a coffee table that can be converted into a pouf and a high table. The sculptural forms of the armchair are padded in multi-density polyurethane foam that ensures maximum comfort without limiting the aesthetic impact of the object. The upholstery is made of stretch fabric with the 3D print of a geometric tessellation pattern in three different variations. It comes in blue, black, turquoise, white, orange and some


Cappellini's fabrics and leathers. The pouf table in polyurethane is available in the same colors of  the armchair,  while the high table, manufactured with sheet metal bending process, is available in white lacquer or anthracite finishing.


Telo Lounge – design Sebastian Herkner


It recalls the fascination of the field sessions of the African lodges. The Telo Lounge chair realized according to a modular concept that can be aggregated in infinite compositions and inline arc. It has the structure in steel tube of circular and oval section finished with a matte coating proposed in white, anthracite, terracotta, mustard. The seat is made of ribbed fabric upholstery.


Embroidery Chair – design Johan Lindstèn 2016


The four seasons are the characters of Embroidery Chair series by Swedish designer Johan Lindstèn. Expressing the encounter between the embroidery tradition passed down through generations and next- generation industrial technology, these four chairs with ash wood body and backrests with cross-stitch embroidery on tapestry wool depict painterly landscape scenes drawn from the essence of the four seasons. Manufactured with modern electric machinery simulating the process of hand cross-stitching with wool yarns, the embroidery patterns convey the Fall season with deer as its main characters and a walnut stained ash shell, Spring combines butterflies with white ash, Winter matches an arctic landscape with black stained ash, while Summer highlights the graceful colours of flamingos with red stained ash. The large wrap-around backrest and ergonomic shape of the chair ensure maximum comfort.


Tube Chair - design Joe Colombo


Modular, flexible, simple and customizable: Tube is back. The project by Joe Colombo made the history of Italian design and is part of the permanent collections of the Triennale di Milano, Moma and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Designed in 1969, this iconic seat completely de-structured is once again contemporary thanks to next-generation production technology maintaining its original features unaltered. Components are manufactured through a rotational molding process that allows to produce hollow bodies in a single piece, stackable one on the other to avoid obstructions. Backrest and seat have the same shape and each element is interchangeable depending on the user's needs. Tubes are mounted together with fastening hooks while upholstery is available in leather or two-way stretch fabric in the following finishes by Cappellini: black, white, yellow, turquoise or orange.


Tangle Table - design Nendo


Tangle tables designed by Nendo lock together in a tight embrace. Harsh lines make room to a dynamic decorative detail that set apart the fourth leg and restore flexibility to the whole composition. The twisting leg allows the tables to be stacked one on top of the other, their modular configuration can easily accommodate many different layouts. The metal structure supports a top made of small glass tiles obtained from old screens creating ever- different mosaic surfaces, each one handmade. Available in anthracite, grey moss, white and terracotta colours and three different heights and sizes. Natural ash and laminate are available for the top table.


Lukis - Abie Abdillah


Lukis armchair signed by Indonesian Abie Abdillah is an encounter between centuries-old tradition of rattan processing and contemporary design. A new perspective on the handicraft culture from Southeast Asia that is showing signs of a renewed environmental awareness. As a matter of fact rattan can be harvested in a sustainable manner due to its rapid growth, all its parts can be utilized and the steam-bending process makes production environmentally friendly. While rattan defines the seat base and backrest of Lukisarmchair, its structure is made of rubber wood, a tropical hardwood obtained by rubber trees. The outcome is a furniture element intended for indoor spaces, handmade with strong stems woven together with such accuracy and attention to details that makes you think of a high- technology industrial product.


Bong Floreal - Giulio Cappellini


Bong is coming back as a main character of interior design with the Bong Floreal version, a spherical table with integrated top obtained by cutting a portion of the sphere that defines the project. Made of resin and fiberglass, the Floreal decoration, like the marble one, is realized with Dip-Print three-dimensional decorating system. The project is also available in the Lava Vulcanica variant with lava powder from Mount Etna applied manually on the surface.




"Explorers of design between fantasy and reality"


Founded in 1946, Cappellini has become synonymous with contemporary, avant-garde design. Over the years it has launched some of the world’s greatest designers, producing innovative and high quality furnishings. Cappellini’s collection is characterized by experimentation and the exploration of new ways of living, furnishing the whole domestic landscape from the living room to the studio and bedroom, but also contract areas such as lounges, hotels and restaurants. Many of these products have also become iconic pieces which are exhibited in museums throughout the world such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the MoMa in NY and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Giulio Cappellini creator of the company’s uniqueness and emblematic figure in the international design scene is universally recognized as a talent scout of young designers: some examples includes Jasper Morrison, Marcel Wanders, the Bouroullec brothers and Marc Newson. Giulio Cappellini is the Art Direction of Cappellini and also looks after the company’s product range and communication strategies. He has recently been nominated by Time magazine as one of the most important trendsetters in the world. Cappellini is available worldwide. Its flagship stores are located in Milan, Rome, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Manila and in other main capital cities. The Head Offices are in Meda, Brianza district.

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    “Let's not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things.”
    Albert Einstein

    “Cappellini ROOMS”

    Every year Cappellini amazes us for its ability to invent a new way to tell its uniqueness. "Cappellini ROOMS" is a contemporary setting but with references to the past and ideas suggested by fashion and costume. Unstructured architectures form a circular village on two levels. Ten stacked boxes reveal the interior styling with an open wall that makes the interior visible only to those who enter the central square. The only exception is the installation "Cappellini NEXT" open to the outside above the main entrance, to invite visitors to enter the Cappellini world and discover this year exhibition. At the entrance a shrine collects the valuable new products of "Progetto Oggetto" collection the middle ground is arranged with all the 2013 news, as an incentive to the public to interact with them, illuminated from above by a rain of 64 marvelous Meltdown lamps.

    Ten independent and non-accessible boxes, sand-colored enclosures and interior walls ranging from pink to dark red and stage different environments from each other: a living room or a bedroom of a cosmopolitan house or a lounge area of ​​a metropolitan hotel. The rooms are decorated with intangible painted items on the walls and floors, with extraordinary objects that tell the crafts of knowing how to give shape to a design thinking. Products in various materials that identify our history and culture, founders of a tradition of production that absolutely must be protected and valued. Exceptional interiors that talk about stories of products that will be beside us for many years. No more short lived trends and fashions, but freedom in combining shapes to materials, with a great return of wood and feelings of comfort and security associated with it. Impressions, memories and irony in a mix of 2013 collection and newer products offered in new finishes to meet the sensitivity of an increasingly demanding market.

    And then Cappellini presents four "Limited Editions": the beautiful project "Inflated Wood" by Zanini de Zanine, which uses recycled wood of old plantations in Brazil, the enigmatic lamp "Eye Shadow" by Marcel Wanders, an object that is watching us with a thousand eyes..., the 24 numbered “S-Chair” upholstered in Alcantara® “animalier” and finally the 12 chairs “330” hand-painted by Eleonora Di Maio, the raw linen coating becomes manifest: “Viva l’Italia”.

    “Cappellini NEXT”

    After its success in 2012 the "Cappellini NEXT" project continues. This year at the Salone del Mobile Cappellini presents a selection of prototypes as they were originally intended by the designers in a first phase, before the company’s intervention. This initiative best expresses Cappellini’s spirit of exploration and research, beyond any commercial interest: the products are not presented as prototypes after the intervention or contamination of the brand, but proposed as they were originally conceived by the designers. This “pure” approach has always distinguished Cappellini’s spirit and its will to analyse how contemporary design moves on different latitudes. The projects discovered and selected by Giulio Cappellini with the aim of giving value to local productions come from diverse places and are a clear expression of the cultural and geographic influences of each designer, from the tactility of materials from Peru to the pragmatism of Nordic design.Glimpt Studio – Svezia / Prehistoric Aliens, Camilla Richter – Germania / Paravento, Florian Schmid – Germania / Stitching Concrete, Max Lipsey – USA / Acciaio Lounge. 

    8 April 2013
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    Cappellini opens its first showroom in Asia (Manila, Philippines) with the support of its local partner Suyen. To celebrate the opening, the legendary talent scout and trend-setter Giulio Cappellini talks about the “Cappellini’s Dream”, a story of people and meetings and success.
    Giulio Cappellini – architect, art director and a widely recognized trendsetter in the international design field – will visit the Philippines for the first time to share his insights on the world of design. Appointed as one of the top 10 trendsetters of our time and as one of the most charismatic leaders in design by TIME magazine, Cappellini helped to launch the world’s greatest and award-winning designers such as Jasper Morrison, the Bouroullec brothers, Marcel Wanders, Nendo and Tom Dixon, to name just a few.

    Suyen corporation is a company with 25 years of retail expertise, is a leader in the local market with 16 home brands and 16 franchised brands, and it counts a total of 849 stores. Suyen will exclusively distribute Cappellini Italian furniture in a mono-brand showroom where typical “Cappellini HOME” settings will be created with all the famous icons of design as well as the Cappellini container systems.

    The new Cappellini showroom is located in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, a well-known district of the city where the main fashion and design luxury brands boast their flagship stores. The showroom on a 260 square meter (850 square foot) ground floor area completely represents the Cappellini collection and it is totally turquoise, flooring, walls and ceilings. In fact, every Cappellini showroom has a specific color that connects it to the city in which it is settled: yellow for Milan, purple for Paris, red for New York and blue for Bruxelles.

    Cappellini’s collection is characterized by experimenting and exploring new ways of living, allowing the whole domestic landscape to be furnished– from the living room, to the studio, to the bedroom. Many of the products have also become iconic pieces and are exhibited in museums throughout the world such as the V&A Museum in London, the MoMA in New York and the Pompidou in Paris.

    7 January 2013
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    For DesignMiami 2012 Cappellini has presented a project between artcraft and design: “INFLATED WOOD” LIMITED EDITION BY ZANINI DE ZANINE

    Miami, December 2012 – After the successful project “Cappellini NEXT” presented at the 2012 April Milan design week, that involved the Trez armchair by Zanini de Zanine, Cappellini has developed the collaboration with this Brazilian designer presenting a special limited edition “Inflated Wood” part of the exceptional project “Reclaimed Woods”.

    Inflated Wood”: most of us look at wood as a warm material, elegant but also uncomfortable and hard. With contemporary techniques of carpentry, Zanini wanted, in this case, to subvert the theorem, floating in the middle of the solid material of demolition with a new proposal. Lines and sinuous curves suggest, in the three pieces of this limited series – armchair, bench and stool – an idea of material inflated and blown: “Inflated Woods”. The wood becomes so comfortable before to the eye and, immediately after, to the body. The noblest Brazilian woods, Ipé e Jacarandá, worked in their essence to find the warmth and sensuality of their soul without neglecting the typical character of strength and comfort.

    By signing Reclaimed Woods_Limited Editions, Zanini designs and creates unique pieces or limited editions, handmade with sophisticated techniques of contemporary carpentry, a work addressed to collectors and design galleries. To escape from the frantic pace of industrial production and to recover precious legacy left by his father Jose Zanine Caldas, Zanini has developed since 2005 an authorial collection developed exclusively through the use of Brazilian solid woods from the demolition of old houses and fazendas. All furniture come from columns, beams, stairs and balustrades of old Brazilian houses. The tranquility of the small peaceful community in the west of Rio de Janeiro, which hosts from almost 10 years the workshop and showroom of this unique part of the work of Zanini, is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and makes a significant contribution to provide that strong emphasis of "brazilianness" that accompanies the nobility of local woods used with this signature.

    Giulio Cappellini and the company: creator of the uniqueness of the company and emblematic figure in the international design scene is Giulio Cappellini, which is universally recognized as talent scout of young designers: over the years Cappellini has launched some of the world’s greatest designers, producing innovative and high quality furnishings, as Jasper Morrison, Marcel Wanders, The Bouroullec brothers, Marc Newson and Nendo. Giulio Cappellini deals with the Art Direction of Cappellini as well as with the company’s products and communication strategies. The most important Architecture & Design magazines have written about his activities and projects and “Time” magazine has named him as one of the most important trend setters in the world.

    20 December 2012
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    74 five-star rooms of avant-garde design in the historic city center

    November 2012 – OHLA HOTEL is a new five-star hotel which opened in Barcelona in 2012. The refurbishment of the building was overseen by the Alonso, Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados firm of architects, with the assistance of the artist and sculptor Frederic Amat. The project includes some of the most famous icons from the Cappellini collection for the interiors of both the rooms and the public areas.

    Giulio Cappellini states: “The Ohla Hotel is one of the best Cappellini projects as it perfectly represents the spirit of the brand.”

    The building dates back to the 1920s and has a neo-classical design typical of early twentieth century architecture. The destination is particularly well known in Barcelona as it once housed the city’s first famous and largest department store “Casa Vilardell”. The hotel is located in one of the city’s main avenues, the central Via Laietana, close to both the business district and the commercial area. The architectonic project has sought to preserve the historic façade of the building in a stimulating contrast with the avant-garde interior design of the hotel which combines a mix of natural materials, such as the warmth of oak, with innovative technical fabrics and shapes. .

    The hotel’s interior is made up of 3 main areas: the bars and restaurants, the rooms and suites and the rooftop. Cappellini, with its high-quality contemporary design, characterises these spaces with a touch of irony and experimentation that well represent the city’s soul that combines tradition and innovation.

    In the Ohla Gastrobar clients can sit on the brown leather covered Tate Stools by Jasper Morrison, a: comfortable solution for breakfast or a quick lunch. The guests of the Ohla Boutique Bar may enjoy a diverse range of cocktails while pleasantly relaxing on the cocooning Wander’s Tulip armchair by Marcel Wanders: a shape that creates the right atmosphere for a relaxing and intimate moment.

    The rooms are personalized with an Igloo armchair and Gong table, while the lunch area of the larger suites host the Gamma table and the Crossoft chairs. Finally on the roof-top, the Ohla Terassa Chill-out area offers a wonderful panorama on the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. Here the visitors can enjoy this postcard view, or a moment of rest after a swim, while sitting on the celebrated Thinking Man’s chair by Jasper Morrison.

    20 November 2012
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    Poetry and lightness for an extraordinary and innovative way of thinking

    Verona, October 2012

    With the exhibition "Homage to Shiro" Cappellini will be the protagonist of “Abitare il Tempo 100% Project”, the trade fair that will take place in Verona from the 21st to the 23rd October, aimed at the European and eastern European markets.

    In the exhibition area of the fair, with a very poetic display, the brand will tell the story of the magnificent collaboration between Giulio Cappellini and the celebrated Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata Not only the iconic products designed by Shiro Kuramata, still part of the Cappellini catalogue (such as Progetti Compiuti, Pyramid, Revolving Cabinet and Homage to Mondrian), will be on display, but also reproductions of original drawings and the new re-edition of the innovative Dinah cabinet: only a few pieces were produced in the 1980s before it was taken out of production, it is now highly sought after at international contemporary design auctions.

    The characteristic feature of Shiro Kuramata who left an important mark in the history of design, was the desire to design pieces that remain unique like works of art, beyond the logic of mass production. The merit of Giulio Cappellini was to convince him to put his? creations into production to make them accessible to the public and descendants. For this reason "Homage to Shiro" has already received great success in Milan, Rome and Paris where it was shown before arriving in Verona..

    Giulio Cappellini on Shiro Kuramata:

    “What attracted me to Shiro Kuramata’s work was the poetry, irony and lightness found in his projects. These projects were never trivial but always extraordinarily innovative and interesting. Shiro was an exceptional person; introverted and highly educated. A man who assessed people, who wanted to be judged on his personality alone. He was inspired and close to the art world, pure industrial design would never have been able to produce poetic objects like his, he always had great respect and admiration for great artists and his ‘homages’ testimony this.

    Shiro was great because as a designer he created beautiful and useful objects, that also made people dream. The launch of Shiro Kuramata’s products was a huge cultural leap for Cappellini, it represented the transition between being a furniture manufacturer to becoming a reference point in the evolution of contemporary design worldwide.

    Just before he died I spent an entire afternoon with him in his studio in Tokyo playing with coloured pieces of Plexiglas that changed shade and colour depending on the sun’s movements, without even talking. Shiro taught me that often long silences are worth more than many words.’

    18 October 2012
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    “CAPPELLINI’S HEROES” @ SMETS - 5th September 2012
    Une exposition pour raconter les designers et les produits icônes de la marque

    Personnage hors du commun et dandy toujours au-delà des modes, Giulio Cappellini s'est révélé être un formidable découvreur de talents. Nombreux sont les jeunes designers qui ont réalisé leurs premiers projets pour Cappellini avant d’être reconnus au niveau international, des vrais « HEROES ».

    L’exposition «CAPPELLINI’S HEROES» met en scène les créations les plus représentatives de ses nombreuses collaborations : un voyage temporel et géographique qui au travers des profils des designers choisis, nous transporte de la rigueur du japonais Shiro Kuramata à la gaieté du néerlandais Marcel Wanders. Un parfait assortiment des produits Cappellini, des icônes "historiques" réalisées entre les années 80 et 90 jusqu'aux produits plus récents comme les dernières nouveautés. Alessandro Mendini, Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec, Jasper Morrison et Tom Dixon sont parmi les protagonistes de cette exposition.

    Depuis sa création, Cappellini s'est placée parmi les éditeurs les plus appréciés. Ses produits pop, à la fois contemporains et intemporels, ont depuis toujours été prisés des célébrités de la mode et du spectacle.

    Giulio Cappellini, élève des maîtres de l'architecture comme Achille Castiglioni et acteur incontesté des années qui ont connu le succès design et de la production italienne, a toujours su comprendre les exigences des clients du futur. Au cours de ses 60 ans d'activité, Cappellini a édité des produits qui ont su trouver leur place dans les maisons du monde entier : des projets universellement reconnus comme étant porteurs d'une culture transversale proche d’univers qui semblent, de l'extérieur, être totalement différents. Des icônes indiscutables qui continuent encore de nos jours à prendre place dans les collections permanentes des musées d'art et de design les plus importants au monde, ainsi que dans l'imaginaire collectif.

    Giulio Cappellini, qui s'est toujours distingué par son ouverture d’esprit et sa curiosité qui l'ont amené à explorer des cultures, des matières et des solutions très différentes, est l’auteur de cette réussite. Au cours de ses fréquents voyages, il saisit chaque occasion pour rencontrer les jeunes designers, dans les salons ou les écoles, et pour évaluer les innovations de matériaux et les solutions techniques les plus récentes. L'avenir de Cappellini ne pourra que nous surprendre avec ses nouveaux produits et ses nouvelles initiatives.

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    5 September 2012
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    Giulio Cappellini, Matteo Negri en Sylvain Willenz: ontmoeting tussen een talentenscout, een artiest en een jonge designer op de nieuwe Cappellini-etage

    Cappellini: ART & DESIGN
    26 Juni - 28 Juli 2012
    154 Avenue Louise, Bruxelles

    26/06/12 h17.30 – lecture: Kunst en Design. Hedendaagse kunst en vooruitstrevend design.

    Giulio Cappellini, talentenscout en trendsetter, maar ook een groot kunstliefhebber.
    Matteo Negri, Milanese artiest. Sylvain Willenz, een jonge Belgische designer. Hun ontmoeting moest wel leiden tot avant-garde en de exploratie, experimenten en expressies waarmee Cappellini zich altijd al wist te onderscheiden. Kunst en Design is een initiatief naar aanleiding van de officiële opening van de volledig aan Cappellini gewijde etage binnen de flagship store. Een volledig blauwe ruimte, een verwijzing naar de kleur van het merk.
    Naar aanleiding van de opening organiseren we twee tentoonstellingen. De eerste is “Cappellini NEXT”, het bijzondere scoutingproject dat tijdens de Milanese designweek werd voorgesteld. Het betreft een installatie van prototypes die worden getoond zoals ze oorspronkelijk door de designer werden bedacht en ontworpen, zonder tussenkomst door de onderneming, in volle vrijheid. De ontwerpen die door Giulio Cappellini werden geselecteerd, komen uit de hele wereld, in een streven om te analyseren hoe op de verschillende plaatsen wordt omgegaan en gedacht over hedendaags design. Ze zijn dan ook een duidelijke uiting van de geografische en culturele invloeden die elke designer in zijn omgeving ondergaat.  

    De tweede tentoonstelling, “Drop me a line”, brengt een selectie werken van Matteo Negri (°1982)  met als befaamde thema “Lego”: de "knopen” in hars en “kaarten” van plaatstaal zijn voorwerpen die zich op de subtiele grens tussen kunst, sculpturen en design bevinden.  Een artiest geboeid door plastisch onderzoek gericht op de analyse van de verhoudingen tussen de werkelijke voorwerpen en hun vormelijke en semiotische transformaties. Matteo Negri, die wezenlijk gelinkt is met het design door zijn vermogen om nieuwe materialen te zoeken ter ondersteuning van het projectidee.

    21 June 2012
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    Cappellini invites you to discover ...

    Cappellini NEXT

    “Joy to confront with the world
    Joy to learn about different cultures
    Joy to show new faces
    Joy to invent the next design
    Joy to think ahead
    Joy of intrigue and intrigue ourselves
    Joy of giving a smile”.

    “Cappellini NEXT - projects in progress from the world" is a hanging exhibition that best expresses the soul of exploration and research that takes place at Cappellini. Products are not presented as prototypes after being reinterpreted by the company, but rather are produced as originally conceived by the designers in their first phase, with complete freedom. This issue marks the spirit of Giulio Cappellini and his desire to analyze how the thinking of contemporary design moves at different latitudes. The projects selected by Cappellini are international in scope, coming from Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, India and Norway, and are a clear expression of the geographical and cultural influences of the environment on the designers, from the colors of India to the simplicity of Nordic design. Dancing Chair/Constance Guisset, Daddy Longlegs /Martin Solem, Stork Chair/Sahil&Sarthak, Circles,WireSofa/Studio Jan&Henry, Trez/Studio Zanini.

    Cappellini HOME

    “Freedom to live according to our own thoughts
    Freedom to build our own reasoned chaos
    Freedom to mix products designed by different minds
    Freedom to talk about ourselves by our fetishes
    Freedom to be nomadic in our habitats
    Freedom to put together products shouted and subdued
    Freedom to mix colors and different textures
    Freedom to be contaminated with different and distant cultures
    Freedom to be curious and ironic
    Freedom to live the contemporary thinking of the future
    Freedom to be free and be able to look beyond the patterns”.

    Freedom of thought, freedom to build our own home environment through suggestions, memories, recollections and the contemporary, always with a hint of irony. A downtown apartment or a house with large rooms, the Cappellini home is a house that draws inspiration from the world anticipating new ways of living: cured in every detail, friendly and experienced.

    Cappellini NEWS 2012

    “The cosmopolitan thought
    The thought light and friendly
    The thought of form and matter
    The thought of the color and the synthesis
    The thought of our history
    The thought of today and tomorrow
    The thought of contemporary minds
    The thought of creating and producing
    The thought of wanting to even think”.

    The 2012 novelties - with 6 new young collaborators - as in a museum, on strict black and white pavements: exploration, pioneering and experimental, expressions that distinguish our brand. Cappellini still dares to mix shapes and materials, past and future research and tradition.

    Giulio Cappellini, 2012

    BRANCH TABLE - design: Jakob Wagner, 2012 – Denmark
    The frame of the Branch table is made of identical aluminum elements that put together form a unified hole. The elements interconnect seamlessly and dissolve where one ends and the next begin, in a continuous movement. This creates and an interesting visual play between the oneness of each element and the wholeness of the frame. When assembled they form a complex yet logic supporting frame that makes a very stable and light table. One single component is repeated 3, 4 or 5 times to create a family of tables. The dimensions have been conceived so that 2 people can sit between each leg and the table can be for 4-6-8-10-12 people. It is easy to assemble and takes little space to transport. The surface can be in glass or mdf lacquered white, charcoal, mud, natural oak and wengè; the frame can be chromed or painted in the same color of the top.
    Size: diameter cm 130, 160 e 190 x H75 or cm 150 x 150 x H75 or cm 120 x 170 x H75.

    About Jakob Wagner Studio
    Born in Copenhagen in 1963, Jakob did his first degree in Design-Engineering. After studies and internships in Colorado, Milan and Paris he completed his second degree in Product Design at Art Center Europe, Switzerland in 1992. Established in 1993 in Copenhagen the studio predominantly worked with high tech products for sport, professional and medical applications the first 10 years. Jakobs work has been exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards (3 Red Dot, 2 IF, Bundespreis, Designer of the year, etc) and is included in the permanent exhibition at MOMA New York. The Studio aims to create meaningful products with substance that challenge both our mind and our senses by being simple to perceive yet complex to figure out. The goal is products with inherent natural beauty that touch us emotionally and give us joy when using.

    GARMENT - design: Benjamin Hubert, 2012 – Great Britain
    Garment is a lounge club chair with a unique approach to the application and construction of textile in the furniture industry. The chair is a study into how to ’dress’ a piece of furniture defying the conventional rules and construction of typical upholstery. A single piece of textile is loosely folded around a distinctive geometric moulded polyurethane foam form. This construction and loose cover allows for creases to become part of the character of the chair reminiscent of a piece of fashion and increases the sensation of visual softness. The chairs construction is ‘stitch less’ as it is comprised of a single sheet of textile fixed onto the form with Velcro. The cover can be easily removed and interchanged based on the season or fashion, available with fabrics and Alcantara.
    Size: cm 70 x 60 x H74.

    About Benjamin Hubert Studio
    Born in the UK in 1984, Benjamin Hubert studied at Loughborough University and graduated in 2006 in Industrial Design and Technology; he founded his studio in 2007 in London. The studio specializes in materials driven, process led, industrial design across furniture and lighting sectors working with international manufacturers in Europe. He works on a diverse range of projects including both mass/batch produced consumer products and limited editions. His products have been exhibited internationally. Benjamin has also received a number of prestigious awards including: Design of the year (British Design awards 2010) Best Product (100% design/Blueprint awards 2009) Homes and Gardens Young designer Year (Design Classic awards 2010), EDIDA International Young Designer of the year 2010, IF Awards 2012 and The A&W Mentorpreis 2012.

    SUPERHEROES - design: Glimpt, 2012 – Sweden
    A family of seating furniture, where the large stool can also be used as a table. Threads are rolled around a tubing that is attached to a metal frame, this process originates from a Vietnamese technique where paper thread is rolled around seagrass to make small bowls. Together they form a group of individuals, playing well together or on their own. The idea of Superheroes came following a journey to Vietnam where Glimpt visited different artisans, studying their techniques and finding inspiring materials and colours. After a while they came into contact with skilled seagrass and plastic weavers in Ho Chi Minh City. Glimpt also wanted to incorporate other influences in their work so they contacted the Swedish illustrator Malin Koort, who helped develop the patterns for the series. Glimpt likes to look at history and aesthetics of the countries they visit, keeping open mind and being inspired by the people, the country and the culture itself.
    Size: small stool diam. cm 45 x H36; big stool diam. cm 70 x H31; armrest: diam. cm 70 x H31/56.

    DROP - design: Nendo, 2012 - Japan
    Bookshelves opened on both sides in three different heights, made of a sheet metal laser-cut and matt lacquered. The peculiarity of this project is the study of a scale of colors "Nendo" inspired by the natural elements that reminds Japan, from the rose-colored blossoms of cherry trees, to the warm gray of the stones of the brooks.
    Size: cm 55 x 32 x H70; cm 55 x 32 x H140; cm 55 x 32 x H175.

    LACE METAL LAMP - design Form Us with Love, 2012 – Sweden
    The idea behind the Lace Metal lamp came while visiting a Swedish metal working factory called Häfla Bruk, one of Sweden's oldest companies, established in 1682. When Fuwl visited them, they had just came up with a new technique of manufacturing steel mesh with gradient sized holes. This struck them as very poetic, resembling textile or lace. They immediately felt the desire to make a lamp with this material, since it has great characteristics as a lampshade as small holes that cover the light source, gradually get bigger to diffuse the light in a beautiful way. The result is a lamp made out of metal that has a look of lightness and fragility, a very nice contrast: the gradient holes add to this feeling diffusing the light in an atmospheric way. Another good thing about the production of the lamp is that no waste materials are produced. The colours presented are black and white matt lacquered.
    Size: diameter cm 70 x H160.

    About Form Us With Love
    FUWL is a multidisciplinary design studio from Stockholm, started in 2005 by the trio of John Löfgren, Jonas Pettersson and Petrus Palmér. The studio aims to challenge the conventional through design initiatives and their work has been awarded with numerous international awards. FUWL are driven by an idea focused approach to design where experimentation and cross border projects are encouraged. Important aspects of their philosophy include durability, curiosity and humanism. FUWL is influenced by the Nordic design heritage, but at the same time reinventing it. The result is a kind of tweaked functionalism with love.

    CANDY TABLE - design: Sylvain Willenz, 2012 – Belgium
    Candy Collection reinvents the steel reinforcement bars normally used for concrete structures. Thanks to an industrial coating process, the common and usually unattractive rusty steel bars are given a new and seducing identity. Candy Table explores beauty and simplicity of ready-available construction materials to make furniture. A commonly known bar, by means of a simple design and an industrial intervention, becomes a beautiful and classic piece of furniture. Surprisingly, the purely functional texture of the bar becomes a decorative element once painted. The tables are available in 2 different shapes/sizes and 5 matt colours (blue, green, white red and black).
    Size: square cm 40 x 40 x H40 and round cm 45 x H40.

    About Sylvain Willenz Design Office
    Born in Brussels in 1978, Sylvain Willenz has lived consecutively in the US, Belgium and in the UK. Sylvain studied MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 2003. In 2004, Sylvain opened his industrial design office based in Brussels. With an approach characterized by a clear inquisitiveness for products, industry and processes, Sylvain Willenz and his team, work on various projects ranging from lighting to products, IT electronics and furniture. Works by Sylvain Willenz have been granted some of the most highly considered awards including several IF Awards and Red Dot "Best of the Best" Awards in Product Design. Several works have also been acquired bym, integrating into their permanent collections and archives. In 2009, leading press and institutions (Le Vif/Knack WE Magazines, The Interieur Foundation, the Design Museum Gent and the Museum of Grand-Hornu Images) nominated Sylvain as Belgian Designer of the Year.

    NOM (Nature of Material) – design: Bakery Studio, 2012 – Israel
    NOM is a series of stackable furniture. Each object is folded from a spread of laser cut aluminum sheet, which then bends to the final form using a bending mold. The concept of the project is to combine straight origami like folds with natural folds. This is achieved by folding the legs of the objects in planned and exact folds which creates side effects of stretching and bending in the material. In other words, by folding the legs of the objects the surface above reacts naturally to the folding act. This integration between strict and natural folds creates a steady construction from one hand and a soft, organic, upholstery like shape from the other.
    Size: coffee table cm 57 x 57 x H40, stool cm 37,5 x 37,5 x H44,5.

    About Bakery Studio
    Bakery was founded in 2009 by Ran Amitai (born 1980)and Gilli Kuchik (born 1983). The designers met and became a couple in life and in design during their studies at the department of Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. They believe in a design process based on hands-on experimentation and play with materials and technologies and finding new ways of interpreting traditional production methods. Gilli and Ran live and work in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    ALTOLETTO - design: Giulio Cappellini, 2012
    A simple and concise form declined in two colors: white and anthracite. A high bed, streamlined for those who love rigorous objects. Base in metal in which is inserted a wooden headboard matt lacquered or covered with fabric and a double floor for rest covered with white fabric or anthracite.

    ALTOSOFT – design: Giulio Cappellini, 2012
    A bed with a deliberately neutral image and timeless ready to go in the most different rooms. A metal structure on which lay the mesh and the large back cushions for comfortable relaxation. Available in various sizes and finishes from the large fabric samples Cappellini.

    SUPEROBLONG BED – design: Jasper Morrison, 2012
    The famous and much imitated sofa designed by Jasper Morrison gives rise to a bed available in various sizes and finishes. The soft cushion/backrest as well as ensuring good comfort characterize the design simple, rigorous and timeless of this great designer.

    GAMBETTA – design: Jasper Morrison, 2012
    Collection of upholstered armchair, sofa with two elements with or without terminal, a bench with two or three seats and a coffee table. Its characteristic is the back rounded. The structure is in plywood and solid wood with padding in polyurethane foam of different densities. The legs are cast aluminum painted black. Fixed cover in fabrics and leathers of the collection.

    LUXOR – design: Giulio Cappellini, 2008/2012
    The new Luxor presents the possibility to combine containers of different sizes with bases of different sizes, even of different colors. The series includes a console drawers and open cabinets or doors hinged, sliding or folding doors flush with drawers and shelves. This flexibility makes them suitable for living rooms and office: light and clean, free air, the Luxor containers are roomy and simple but well in the smallest details, from the construction of the box, made in the conglomerate of high-density fiber and the plywood covered with aluminum to the hinges specially designed. Available in macroter or glossy or matt colors combined with metal bases macroter of any color.

    TATE COLOR - design: Jasper Morrison, 2012
    Stackable chairs and stools with four legs and 8 color finishes. Agile and fun is proposed in colored version tone on tone (aniline color for the body and matt satin lacquered base with epoxy paint of the same color of the body) or body brushed painted with stainless steel base.
    Size: cm 51 x 51 x H45/80; stool cm: 49 x 43 x H64/100 and cm 49 x 43 x H80/117.

    DINAH - design: Shiro Kuramata, 1970/2012
    Reissue of the drawers belonging to the famous collection “Progetti Compiuti”. True to the original draw of 1970, it is a column unit composed of 18 white lacquered wooden drawers that open on both sides of the structure, that is in metal laser-cut and painted with epoxy powder matt black. Produced in a numbered series but not limited, now it is part of the Moma NewYork collection.
    Size: cm 60 x 50 x H177.


    FRUITLAMP and SOFALAMP - design: Daphna Laurens, 2011/2012 – The Nederland Two models of lamp, leaving room for flexible, personal interpretation: the tray for the table lamp and floor lamp can serve as a container for loose change tray or a fruit bowl. The solid natural walnut of the frame, and the shade and tray colors, recall simple and traditional shapes, taking us back in time. They are characterized by attention to detail, from bolts colored to the dark brown cord. Available in blue, sand and brown.
    Size: Fruitlamp: cm 34 x 32 x H41, Sofalamp: cm 42 x 34 x H10,5.

    About Daphna Laurens
    Daphna Laurens is unification of Daphna Isaacs (1982) and Laurens Manders(1984).
    Both associates of the Eindhoven based twosome are graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the years 2006 and 2008. In the year 2008 they founded their design studio. Daphna Laurens are two minds that melt together into one designer, in order to design in the purest sense of the word. They like to give shape purely intuitively. In this way objects are being transformed into characteristic products with sophisticated combinations of fluent shapes, natural materials and color. Daphna Laurens aspires to find a combination between design, applied art and fine art.

    POH (Patchwork Oval Hemisphere) - design: Raphael Navot, 2011/2012 – Israel
    Patchwork Oval Hemisphere is an object, a shape, an ambiguous volume. Its functional definition is deliberately absent. Its semantics can imply it to be a table, a bench, a sculpture... Created from a patchwork of rough wooden pieces - both old and new - combined randomly by hand to a massive block that  is sent to a digitally controlled machine to carve the computer generated three dimensional form. Hand made, machine made and computer made. Made with massive American walnut and Poplar core. Each produced item is unique. Produced in a numbered series.
    Size: cm 233 x 50 x H34.

    About Raphael Navot
    Born in Jerusalem Israel in 1977 and graduated in ‘The Design Academy’ of Eindhoven, The Netherlands; a multidisciplinary non-industrial designer, live and work in Paris, France. Most of Navot works focus on the principle of custom made and adapted design, made to measure interior design and multi-semantic objects where the design principle of ‘form-follows-function’ is reversed to ‘function-follows-form’. Various clients and collaborators: Silencio club Paris, in collaboration with David Lynch, is the most innovative project in which he is deeply involved.

    7 May 2012
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    Explorers of design between imagination and reality:
    a traveling exhibition for retail stores, to tell the designers and the icon products of the brand.

    Milan, October 2011

    Since its beginning, Cappellini has always been one of the most beloved brands; well-known people from the fashion world and show-business love its pop products which are considered contemporary evergreens.

    Giulio Cappellini, with his open minded and curious approach that has led him to explore very different cultures, materials and solutions, is the proponent of the brand’s success. A genial and dandy character, he is always ahead of the trends thanks to his strong understanding of design. He has proved to be a formidable talent scout: many young designers who carried out their first projects with Cappellini have since gone on to become internationally renowned figures, real “heroes”.

    With “Cappellini’s Heroes” exhibition we want to bring together a large number of projects with the aim of recounting the company’s more representative results, an “ideal assortment” of Cappellini products, from the “historical” icons produced from the eighties to the newer products such as the novelties. A time-based, geographic journey that tells the stories of the designers involved, brings us from the rigors of the Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata to the playfulness of the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Alessandro Mendini, the Bouroullec brothers, Jasper Morrison and Tom Dixon are some other protagonists of the exhibition.

    "Cappellini's Heroes" is presented in Verona "Abitare il Tempo 100% Projetcs" from 17th to 19th October and then will move from region to region, starting from Sicily: Catania and Ragusa in November will be the first stages and then later in 2012 Naples, Rome, Turin, Padua and others. An initiative that brings the culture of design and an opportunity to invite new audiences to get close to the wonderful world of Cappellini. This project will involve showrooms on a worldwide basis starting from France: Lille, Nantes, Bordeaux, Annecy, Strasbourg are just some of the first cities.

    Giulio Cappellini

    A student of the “Maestri” of architecture as Giò Ponti and an undisputed protagonist of the years that saw the emergence and supremacy of Italian design, Giulio Cappellini has always been able to intuit the needs of the audience of the future. In many years of activity, Cappellini has created products that can be used in real houses around the world; products which are universally appreciated and recognized as carriers of a transversal culture that relates to the world’s tastes that from the outside seem to be extremely different. Indisputable icons that still continue to become part of the permanent collections of major museums of art and design around the world, as well as the public’s collective imagination.

    The company’s path aims towards building upon this idea: in his frequent trips Giulio Cappellini takes every
    opportunity to meet young designers, go to fairs and schools and to evaluate innovative materials and technical solutions that are proposed to him each and every time. The future of Cappellini can only surprise us with new products and initiatives.

    14 October 2011
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    Introducing a new monochrome concept that is unique to the city

    Milan, October 2011

    Cappellini is delighted to announce the opening of a newly designed showroom in Milan. While the address is the same, Via Santa Cecilia 4, the space, after nearly two months under the restructuring art direction of Giulio Cappellini, is completely new. This follows on from the launch, less than a year previous, of the Cappellini’s Paris flagship store in St Germain.

    Continuing the theme that each flagship store has a signature monochromatic interior – blue in Los Angeles, red in New York and purple in Paris – the predominant colour of the new  store in Milan is  yellow. Yellow is a colour closely associated with the city, from the famous trams to the old taxis, from saffron risotto to the façade of the buildings. In addition, it is a tone that has always been part of the Cappellini colour palette. The new interiors have been redesigned to respond more closely to the taste of today’s architects and designers.

    The opening exhibition, "Homage to Shiro", is dedicated and pays homage to the celebrated Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata, who worked closely with Giulio Cappellini. The display includes iconic products designed by Shiro Kuramata that are still part of the Cappellini catalogue (such as Progetti Compiuti, Revolving Cabinet and Homage to Mondrian), as well as reproductions of original drawings, rare prototypes, and a new edition of Dinah, a product edited in few pieces in the1980s that went out of production and is now highly sought after in international contemporary design auctions.

    True to the spirit of the company, Cappellini hits Milan with a touch of magic and innovation, making this unique space a destination that is likely to  become a new city attraction in itself.

    Giulio Cappellini on Shiro Kuramata:

    “What attracted me to Shiro Kuramata’s work was the  poetry, irony and lightness found in his projects. These projects were never trivial but always innovative and interesting. Shiro taught me that  long silences were often better than many words.

    Shiro was an exceptional person; introverted and highly educated. A man who assessed people, who wanted to be judged on his personality alone. He was great because as a designer he created beautiful and useful objects, but also tried with each project  to make people dream.

    At the time of the launch of Shiro Kuramata’s products it was a huge cultural leap for Cappellini, the transition between being a furniture manufacturer to becoming a reference point in the evolution of contemporary design worldwide. It is a story that continues today. We also used  to discuss his ideas about an 'ideal city' that he would design to create a better life for people.”

    27 September 2011