New collaboration that tells the story of an unexpected, moving philosophy of life in the open air, where design is inspired by nature and creativity becomes pure evasion
Antigua Collection by Fratelli Boffi
An aristocratic preciousness of details, a contemporary homage to classic and luxurious living able to maintain an ironic and light attitude at the same time.
The peculiar personality of Fratelli Boffi gives life to a new and unexpected collaboration, staging a theatrical work at the Salone del Mobile with a sumptuous personality that is never banal.
The concept of the space begins with a voyage with stopovers in the most exclusive, green, and lush islands of the planet, hence the name Antigua Collection, an homage to this splendid location in the Antilles. It is a marine itinerary, imagined on board luxurious yachts, prestigious resorts, and sumptuous private residences. The spaces, divided to create rooms of different sizes, unwind among colored nuances, green birds of paradise, and references to the Carioca fauna. Indeed, the outside of the display, with black wooden shingles, recalls the rich feathered mantle of a tropical bird, an invitation to enter and discover the beauty contained within it, like a treasure chest.
Opening the curtain on the products of the new Antigua Collection, we find Oblù, a chest designed by Andrea Mancuso of Analogia Project.
Oblù is a mysterious container, a magic box that partially hides and partially reveals its use. The elegant rectangular structure, made of pear wood and supported by two burnished brass semicircles, is characterized and embellished by circular openings that reveal the marbled decoration within, almost as if they were windows or perhaps portholes overlooking onto another dimension.
These decorations recall the traditional manual technique of marbled paper in a hyper decorative peacock tail variant. The choice of blue, in the designer’s project, recalls a marine setting seen through a porthole (Oblò in Italian), as the name of the chest recalls.
The use of delicate pear wood, with its unusual particularly compact grain, and the use of the 45 degree cut on the edges of the chest, are all details that confirm the elective relationship that connects the company to the material, supported by almost one hundred years of deep knowledge and woodworking skill.
Among the protagonists of the new Antigua Collection, this year Leonardo Dainelli of DainelliStudio presents a series of new products for Fratelli Boffi: the modular Tequila couch, the Kingman couch, the Martinica chair and side chair, the Overseas lounge chair, the Atmos table, and Sacher small tables.
Tequila is a couch with generous proportions composed of different elements that allows an almost infinite modularity and personalization. A strong statement object, Tequila has a decisive, regal personality, appearing as a sofa for the most elegant living rooms and the most prestigious lounges. The base and supporting elements in coal stained ash wood – pedestals and coffee tables – characterize the project, becoming at the same time an expression of the great cabinetmaking skill of Fratelli Boffi. Curves and moldings bear witness to a deep knowledge of the material, creating precious and elegant details. The soft seat, back, and armrest cushions invite to relax, offering different forms and compositions thanks to a vast offering of available elements.
The Martinica chair and armchair are characterized by enveloping shapes that capture the gaze. The silhouette, which is entirely upholstered and wrapped in fabric, with quirky brass caps stating its decorative and precious spirit.
The angular lines juxtaposed with the softness of the upholstery and the covering are the stylistic signature that define the Overseas lounge chair, an object where clear cut lines almost seem to be a sketched trompe l'oeil. References to the 1950s decor style have inspired this lounge chair composed of a lightly padded and covered shell with a distinct, squared off cut, inside which the seat and back cushions find their place. The wooden base maintains the angular character of the shell, confirming its distinct and refined personality.
Kingman incarnates the perfect marriage of past classicism and a modernity that is above all eras, making order and bringing harmony in the heterogeneity of inspirations. Kingman is inspired by the design of the 1930s and winks at American art deco, upsetting its proportions. A couch with a high back and hammer armrest, it combines traditional padded craftsmanship – that decorates the interior part of the back – with clean shapes that are timeless. The base and thin wooden legs support the form, linking with the two seat cushions.
Statuesque and sculptural, Atmos is a round table that designs a sublime alliance between tradition and modernity. The central base is inspired by the gears of high-quality watchmaking that are repro -portioned in an oversize key and reproduced on solid wood thanks to skilled cabinetmaking, defining a unique design—a piece that lies halfway between contemporary art and artisanal excellence. The wooden surface, enriched by a lazy susan in brass wire, invites to an international conviviality.
Closing the rosette of products signed by Leonardo Dainelli of DainelliStudio, we find the round tables front and side for the Sacher couch. The two elements that compose this family, wood and Viennese straw, recall the two layers that compose the famous Viennese cake in an ironic vein. The frame is partially wrapped in Viennese straw, creating a half cylinder that creates fascinating peekaboo effects to the interior.
In the version side of the couch, glass shelves have also been inserted inside the cylinder, suspended thanks to a tubular metallic frame in burnished brass.
The Creek bed by Arxx Studio is dedicated to the most prestigious night areas. The base and the majestic headboard are covered in leather or fabric with padded geometric stitching and burnished brass inserts, exalting its forms with the quality of the materials.On the end of the headboard, the designers have designed a ‘V’ that cuts across the rectangular design of the padding, replaced by a Viennese straw insert outlined by a burnished brass design.
Closing the list of the new items by Fratelli Boffi, we find the Potters high container unit, a storage unit with a squared off shape composed of a case in coal stained ash supported by a square tubular metal base with a burnished brass finish. The unusual aspect of Potters is the treatment of the wood, inspired by the container units by Jean-Michel Frank and produced with the latest digitally controlled machines. This unusual treatment results in an extremely natural tortoiseshell surface.
The staging of the Antigua Collection is completed by three paneled pieces, Fratelli Boffi classics, revisited for this occasion in the coal stained ash finish, a material leitmotif linking the various elements of the collection this year.
An expression of the mastery of the company in treating the material, these pieces are able to overturn the classic idea of paneling, maintaining traditional elements but reinterpreting them in an entirely new key.
The majestic Blow boiserie paneled piece is a project signed by the Analogia Project duo that is emblematic of the cabinetmaking tradition of Fratelli Boffi and of the company’s ability to produce completely custom-made projects. Blow revolutionized the classic carvings and shelves of a traditional paneled piece with unexpected rounded projections that challenge three dimensionality, designing a series of ‘bubbles’ within which we find carved out the shelves of that which becomes an eccentric bookcase. The whimsical profile and solemn proportions of Blow describe a luxurious and audacious taste that is never banal, just like the creative spirit that has always defined the company.
The Pantheon paneling by Ferruccio Laviani is characterized by the modernization of classical stylistic elements and by the mélange of languages. Composed of rectangular, oval, and octagonal frames in coffered oak, this paneled piece defines a wall that seems to be an enormous wooden painting unexpectedly suspended from the floor.
Rectangular outlines constitute the De Stijl paneling that, like in a painting by Mondrian, covers the walls. The material interplays of the gold leaf, grey oak, and antiqued mirror translate into a kaleidoscopic visual sensation that is rich in colors. An infinity of panel combinations creates a contrast of styles in the room, adapting itself to a variety of different cultures and people.
The central area of the booth, enclosed in a cube that recalls a precious gazebo from outside, is dedicated to the narrative of the ability of Fratelli Boffi to create tailor made projects and customizations. Inside, we find a cocktail lounge entrusted to the English Archer Humphryes Architecture duo that have defined an intimate environment by designing chairs, small tables, and small complements, custom made or personalized by Fratelli Boffi. In fact, the collaboration between the company and the English duo, in addition to having given life to products and collections that have become a part of the brand’s catalogue, has been concretized over the years with the production of interiors for living areas and lounges of some prestigious hotels such as the recent Anthracite Martini Bar of the Great Northern Hotel in London.
Once again, the Salone del Mobile becomes the stage on which the company narrates its vision of luxury, decoration, and contemporary living, in a storytelling made up of unexpected lines, rich and precious materials, and a masterful attention to craftsmanship and detail.
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