Wednesday, May 05, 2010

MILAN: Salone del Mobile 2010 - Driade - 3 bookcases

The architects and designers.  Antonia Astori.

Photograph courtesy Driade.
Colbert + Colbert Bookcases. The Clay, Colbert and Connor bookcases designed by Antonia Astori for Driade represent a new fixed point in Antonia Astori’s narrative about apparatus for the home. Mutatis mutandis, from the initial definition of an infinite system of possibilities, she has reached the refined juxtaposition of modules that are splendidly finished in themselves (one notes the elegant relationship between solids and voids, horizontals and verticals).

The architects and designers. Nicola De Ponti.

Photograph courtesy Driade.
Edipo Bookcase.   In psychological terms, growing up means facing up to ones parents and becoming autonomous from them thus, before taking a look at the “bookcase-system” designed by Nicola De Ponti, marking this young talent’s debut at Driade, we must speak about the name chosen for this piece: Edipo. Nicola’s mother is in fact Antonia Astori, probably Italy’s leading designer of systems.   Edipo is a modular piece which belongs to the new generation.   Here one works with a single piece: a large square module measuring 109 by 109 centimeters that accommodates square sub-modules on the inside.

Photograph courtesy Driade.
Factor bookcase. There are types of furniture, that are  subject to more ergonomic studies. Jonathan Olivares with his Factor bookcase designed for Driade, shows us that bookcases, which are usually aloof and upright, can move closer to the human hand as the arm stretches out to select a book. A simple cavity brings the books closer, makes them more visible, accessible and friendly.

Seen at Driade.  Elisa and Enrico Astori.
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