De Castelli | Salone del Mobile 2017 | TRACING IDENTITY

For Salone del Mobile 2017 De Castelli presents TRACING IDENTITY, a project that involves seven female designers, different one from the other for age, origins and approach, who have created a collection of metal furniture characterized by a strong emotional allure. Alessandra Baldereschi, Nathalie Dewez, Constance Guisset, Francesca Lanzavecchia, Donata Paruccini, Elena Salmistraro, Nika Zupanc have given value to metal and its potential, enhancing De Castelli finishes with empathic and narrative projects.

De Castelli invited a group of female designers with strong interpretive and intimate visions for creating a special collection of interior elements, able to dispel the myth that metal is cold, uncommunicative and strictly linked to male nature. Each piece has a precise use and a strong volumetric presence.

Screens, cabinets, tables and bookcases clearly show the handcrafting skills of De Castelli, becoming also the opportunity for trying new finishes and types of manufacturing. The seven designers worked enthusiastically at De Castelli production site, together with skilled workers and innovative technologies.

Tracing Identity is a challenging project that is presented also by a video. It will be the central issue of a publication and of an open debate already scheduled for June 2017, both involving the special contribution of some design experts and of the design network.

De Castelli is well-known all over the world for melting design and metal manufacturing, handcrafting skills and advanced technologies. In addition to furniture production, the company has expanded its projects by looking at important collaborations with well-known architects, becoming a partner for many design companies thanks to its on-going research of new solutions and uses for metals.

De Castelli Salone del Mobile
Hall 16, Booth D45

Painting design Alessandra Baldereschi, 2017

A big screen that looks like a theater scenery. Dream-like landscapes on both sides, a night sky full of stars and rolling hills.

The chromatic shades that De Castelli creates thanks to materials’ oxidation are comparable to colors on a painting. A metallic scenery:

Polished steel for reflecting on a cloud,

Brushed copper and délabré brass for hills at sunset,

Greenspan like water,

Délabré black iron for a night sky…

Different configurations are permitted thanks to three movable shutters. In this way, private areas or internal spaces can be protected by a stunning landscape.

Maximum dimensions: 212x32xh190 cm

Elizabeth design Nathalie Dewez, 2017

Elizabeth will be glad to welcome you at the entrance of your house or in the hall of a public building.

On the top you can place a lamp or many other complements. On the inside you can hide curiosities and small objects .

Elegant on its small feet, Elizabeth charms with its light and delicate shapes. Fundamental is the special bending technique developed by De Castelli. The thin metal sheet gains strictly defined shapes. A plissé that, like fabric, gives energy, rhythm and a feminine allure to the cabinet.

The polished copper finish creates vibrant and unique reflections.

Dimensions: 121x32xh100 cm

Volte design Costance Guisset, 2017

Volte plays with metal for enhancing its expressive potential, proving that this material could also be warm and cozy, following elegant and essential shapes. Graceful and feisty at the same time, the soft lines of the shelves are supported by two smooth lateral wings characterized by peculiar délabré copper shades. At the base, a drawer completes the ensemble.

A totem, a sculpture. It is not necessary to lean it against the wall, Volte can be admired from every position. A strong evocative power enhanced by the combination of a wood structure and a noble material like copper.

Dimensions: 70x42xh174 cm

Scribble design Francesca Lanzavecchia, 2017

All that glitters ain’t gold… it could be copper, brass, iron.

This coffee tables collection aims to celebrate the beauties of De Castelli finishes. Precious materials that express themselves through distinctive oxidations combined with a minimal drawing.

The final aim of this project is showing the feminine and elegant soul of metal. Like essential and soft lines drawn by a paintbrush, these shapes create a sort of dance and suddenly turn into table tops ready to be used for elegant and vibrant compositions. 

Dot: d.240 h510 cm
Comma: 76x76xh46 cm
Parenthesis: 76x76xh51 cm
Bracket: 86x24xh46 cm
Tilde: 110x76xh46 cm
Accent: 86x24xh53 cm

Vomere design Donata Paruccini, 2017

A table entirely made with metal that fights with the original heaviness of its material. An object that expresses lightness and freedom from strict formal schemes.

The inclined surfaces of this table enhance the characteristics of De Castelli unique know-how. The sustaining structure is unusual, asymmetric. The metal sheets characterized by rounded angles are wedged one into another creating visible contrasts at the base, reminding of the shape of the orbital délabré copper top. Single elements whose casual inclinations enhance the two sides of the metal sheet.

Dimensions: 190x98xh75 cm

Polifemo design Elena Salmistraro, 2017

Polifemo is a cabinet, an innovative aesthetical version of a piece of furniture that everyone owns in their houses.

The huge one-eyed Cyclops with long legs, that in the Odyssey fight with Ulysses and is blinded by its alter-ego Nobody, suddenly knocks on our doors and become part of the furniture.

The Giant reflects the characteristics of this cabinet: the big central eye becomes a handle and the thin metal legs sustain the structure, creating a contrast between the upper part and the lower one.

Composed by a wood structure and a copper covering embellished by ornamental engravings, Polifemo is an unusual but unique piece of furniture that makes the difference showing its strong character.

Dimensions: 85x31xh150 cm

Longing cabinet design Nika Zupanc, 2017

Composed by small squared compartments, this cabinet of wishes makes a clear and current reference to old sideboards where biscuits and candies where usually kept away from children and locked up.

A key for each compartment. An iconic piece of furniture.

The cabinet expresses the peculiarities of wishes through the selection of De Castelli copper finishes: for each compartment a unique finishing that enhances the company know-how and its dedication to this precious material.

Dimensions: 150x47xh177 cm

> Design management: Evelina Bazzo with Chiara Pagani / Umbrella

> Product management: Filippo Pisan / De Castelli

> Video: Gianluca Vassallo

> Products Still life photos: Massimo Gardone

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