From extreme forms to essential lines, from vivid colours to neutral shades, from hi-tech materials to natural elements. Moreover, the playful component, unexpected and ironic. For Cappellini, contrasts are parts of the same vision and define the design identity of the company. This contraposition defines a dwelling experience overtaking trends, functional borders and the simple exercise of home décor. Consistent with its own DNA, the brand intertwines industrial experimentation and artistic inspiration, tradition and cultural contaminations, it gives voice to an avant-garde message on display on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, held from the 17th to 22nd of April. The new collections are on display in a scenery made of vivid and white light, obtained through neon to emphasize the stylistic language of this project, to enhance the fading colours and add value to the textures on the surface. In a reference to the lighting design by Dan Flavin and neon scenography by Lucio Fontana, as well as the use of light as an architectural element, Cappellini defines the ephemeral design experience where objects are deprived of their functionality and become icons of themselves. A display of artistic inspiration, furniture elements are presented in a system of boxes and towers expressing their most profound designing contents, revealing the sophisticated manufacturing of surfaces and the use of new materials made possible by research on innovation. Colour itself becomes a part of the creative and manufacturing process, referencing the warm shades of frescos and paintings of the past, as well as the pop colours of the Op Art. Once again, the collections by Cappellini reveal their eclectic nature, anticipating behaviour and needs of the end-user to adapt with nonchalance to residential and contract spaces.
DENTO - Tomek Rygalik 2018
Forms are soft; surfaces are smooth; lines are clean. From the encounter of four rounded elements, remindful of river pebbles, the Dento seat is born. An all-rounded seat inviting to comfort thanks to its technical construction allowing the armrests to adapt to the position of those sitting on it, only to snap back to its original perfection. The same happens with fabrics and leather upholstery: bending, curling, crushing without forming a crease. Enveloping and comforting, Dento is presented in the Swedish style variant with ash legs, as well as in the swivelling version with die-cast aluminium base.
JULI PLASTIC - Werner Aisslinger 2018
Twenty years later the original project, a new variant of Juli is born, the armchair that had many creative and manufacturing interpretations during its long history. This is the time for Juli Plastic: the shell was redesigned through plastic manufacturing stimulating new frontiers of experimentation. The almost imperceptible restyling enhanced the stylistic contents of the first design, the curves of the shell were made lighter to preserve its sculptural quality, its comfort and the ergonomics of the design. From the variant with a swivelling base to the one with wooden legs, up to the stylistic elegance of the model with tubular metal support, Juli Plastic plays with shades of lobster red and sage green in a refined neo-vintage reference.
O-CAP - Jasper Morrison 2018
A sheet of leather, cut and shaped around the idea of a seat, is the element with which Jasper Morrison defines the O-Cap armchair. O-Cap is the technological evolution of the Cap-Chair from 2013. Confirming the attention and complexity of its manufacturing, the result is a real masterpiece of craftsmanship drawing inspiration from the ancient leather art made in Italy. O-Cap presents a body in full-grain or pigmented leather with a raw cut that in this new version becomes the soul of the item to bring support, envelope and softness to the metal structure which, thanks to a remarkable design, is reduced to its minimum while offering great stability and lightness. The aluminium base, also completely redesigned to create an effect of maximum lightness in the volumes, is available with four spokes with tips or five spokes with or without casters. Even if it was designed for the office and lounge areas, with its refined workmanship and elegant forms O-Cap adapts with versatility to other residential contests.
NEWOOD – BrogliatoTraverso 2018
By recasting in a contemporary key the Windsor chairs with their timeless charm, Newood and Newood Light are born and signed by Alberto Brogliato and Federico Traverso. In this new collaboration with Cappellini, the creative duo brings the attention back to the chair and their practical approach to design hits home. Newood and Newood Light reveal the perfect balance between filled and empty spaces, a harmony between technologically advanced manufacturing and craftsmanship, a meeting between past and present. A concept expressed in the extraordinary attention to details and especially in its characteristic backrest made of curved solid wood: this element conveys the tactile pleasure, the authenticity of wood and its reassuring beauty. Newood is a hymn to pure design, confirmed by the fact that it’s the first stackable chair, completely made of wood, by Cappellini. Available in the classic colours of black and bleached wood, it’s renewed in the contemporary shades of Shangai blue and Cherry red.
HIGH TIME - Christophe Pillet 2018
Essential yet extremely refined. Simple yet definitely sophisticated. Linear yet absolutely versatile. These pairs define High Time seating system by Christophe Pillet. The designer for Cappellini brings his designing experience to a tailoring dimension. Forms are built in details and the important work on the ergonomics of the armrests, so high and graceful, conveys total comfort. Sharp lines are softened with the definition of volumes taking shape in a surprising gradual control. The tubular metal base lifts the seat and emphasizes its visual lightness. The upholstery is completely removable and launches a new era in this sector. Designed as a modular and customizable system, High Times includes two- and three-seat sofa, central and angular elements, a chaise longue, a series of pouffes and some coffee tables to be combined in new compositions.
HOT PALM SPRINGS - Carlo Colombo 2018
Dreaming of California, from Hollywood to Malibù, roaring by Sunset Boulevard on a vintage cabriolet. Moreover, the charm of the villas in Palm Spring, an oasis of luxury and wellbeing in the American desert. These sceneries inspired Carlo Colombo in the realization of the Hot Palm Springs sofa: a comfortable and elegant piece of furniture, an invitation to conviviality, pure design blending with meticulous attention to details. The backrest is slightly reclined and defined in a horizontal seam recalling the elegant seats of convertible cars running on the streets of California, and the Sixties are back in the dwelling experience. Designed as a modular system, Hot Palm Springs can be assembled in customized layouts and it’s available in the monochromatic version or in the refined variant with contrasting profiles.
HARD DRESS - Piero Lissoni 2018
Design calls for fashion and Hard Dress is born, the chair with the nail. The zipper of the most famous jacket from the roaring Eighties inspired Piero Lissoni in the reinterpretation of M330 and 331 armchairs; the leather upholstery recalls the rock style of Perfecto. The designer brought a renewed expressive force to the seat underlining the geometric profile with a visible two-way zipper that becomes the main decorative feature, other than making the upholstery removable. In a journey through the boldest garments of the past, Hard Dress lands on the ancient atmosphere of ancient China and it’s presented in a retro version in red or blue fabric drawn from the Eastern embroidery typical of the armour of imperial guards from the Ming Era. The stylistic purity of the project is open to different interpretations, only to rediscover sobriety in the variant with armrests and upholstery with inverted pleat, as required by the classical tradition.
WAKU – Nendo 2018
Perfection is in details and they mirror, it’s appropriate to say, a refined manufacturing challenge. In the collection of Waku mirrors, Nendo defined his detail embedding the mirror surface in the frame. A stylistic exercise stretched to extremes enhancing the graphic rigour of the design and challenging Cappellini’s manufacturing ability. Four sizes, four interpretations of the most narcissistic piece of furniture. The profile, obtained through a black line, continues over the mirror and mark small shelves and a coat rack, in the floor version.