New Italian design brand Colé will be launching during Milan Design Week, here are some sketches for designs by Sezgin Aksu and Silvia Suardi.
Colé originates from the experience of Matteo De Ponti, brand manager in Driade for over 10 years, and from the sensitivity of Laura Macagno, found of art and design. A shared passion for everything comes from a careful aesthetic search, be it a furniture piece, a book, a textile.
Characterised by irony and lightness and inspired by traditional furniture, the collection reflects the taste of Matteo and Laura for all those objects with “deep roots as a result of an intensive creative work which traces remain in the final shape of the object”. “We started thinking about the beautiful things that have stood the test of time and thus understood that another key word of our project was craftsmanship”.
Significant the use of colour and the idea of contamination (of signs, materials, disciplines), whereby archetypal forms dress in new beauty without losing their classical allure. As for example the elements of Ottoman collection, characterised by a strong contrast between the simple nakedness of the “shell” and the preciousness of the interior, as well as the Secreto collection, inspired by traditional furniture now belonging to a collective memory and thus beyond any fashion. Made for this debut with Lorenz / Kaz and Aksu / Suardi studios as well as Colé Design Lab, they meet the idea of sustainability, km 0 and the production of every part in a single district, enhancing therefore craft and semi industrial work deeply rooted in our territory. Fabio Matiolli (8 years experience in Studio Laviani) has cooperate for the technical development of the products
AKSU · SUARDI – OTTOMAN BOX
Ottoman box is a container “for precious things” characterised by the strong contrast between the silent opacity of the external structure and the resonant brightness inside. Living room cabinet but also “secret box for everything that is dear to us, we love and we want to be treated with care, amazing us with the magic of a hidden and colourful world where to storage our favourite objects”. Cylindrical feet in solid ash symbolize in a minimalist way the details of the tree trunks which gave rise to this piece.
AKSU · SUARDI – OTTOMAN SOFA
“Ottoman sofa arises from the idea of a comfortable and relaxed sitting to be used in an hybrid way. Like a place where to sit may be without shoes and cross-legged; or even to lie down, eat, work, sleep, chat…”. With these words Sezgin Aksu and Silvia Suardi explain their project, clearly inspired by the Ottoman culture. The sofa, characterised by a strong structure in solid wood, finished in ash white or natural and in natural oak, is a kind of floating island . “Like a big bed in the living room with its soft look, but even more comfortable as it has back and arms”. The upholstery, made of big and soft cushions, is enriched by a refined selection of fabrics (including wool, velvet, mohair, technical
fibers) from the rich palette Kvadrat.
AKSU · SUARDI – ASYMETRICAL TABLE
An insect supported by different legs between them which move and stop in different positions to hold tops with changing shapes. This is in reality Asymmetrical table, designed to transform and adapt to the needs of the users.