Since 1965 the showroom on Corso Venezia has displayed the De Padova collection of furniture and complements for the home and office: 2000 square meters of space, which George Nelson called “the world’s most beautiful store”
The store looks out into Milan through 18 windows, and is still a crossroads of ideas and stimuli, whose simple, clean design reflects the style of the collection.
The installation “Textile Rain” created by Jo Ann Tan draws its inspiration from the common feature shared by the three new products presented by De Padova: upholstery.
The various tones and textures of the new fabrics selected by De Padova bring harmony, elegance and originality to the new creations, triggering a fluid connection with the installation.
The Mimic component sofa designed by Monica Förster, the Chesto armchair by Patrick Norguet and Smeralda, by Anna von Schewen, for the outdoor collection, are all upholstered pieces that find their ideal context in the è DePadova Collection.
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“For my first project with this great company, the idea began as a way of rethinking the historic, solid armchair with four legs, making it adaptable for use in a dining room or around a meeting table, with elegant, comfortable results.
My research focused on assembly details: a foam seat inserted in the wooden base, while highlighting the details in the frontal part, where the wooden legs and the joint act as support but also as a distinctive characteristic. The right mixture to make it unique, even when utilized in multiple groupings.”
Careful workmanship, simple and precise lines, refined details: these are the key factors of Chesto, designed by Patrick Norguet.
Formal moderation, elegant purity combined with the pursuit of comfort, are some of the distinctive traits of this designer, reflected in the Chesto armchair, which fits perfectly into the De Padova collection, for both residential and work contexts.
Anna von Schewen
“I wanted to create a visible and repeated connection between soft and solid, like the soft curves of the upholstered part and the solid structure in steel,” Anna von Schewen says. “The elastic cords represent another detail that emphasizes this connection.”
Smeralda, the armchair and small two-seat sofa designed by Anna von Schewen, comes from the desire to create a visually light, contemporary seat that would be extremely comfortable at the same time.
The structure in gently curved steel is based on the typology of ancient Greek chairs, combined with that of seats made with willow, where the bent branches create soft, continuous curves.
The internal padding has been developed for outdoor use
Mimic, a name inspired by the unique talent for camouflage of the Mimic Octopus, which adapts to the various hues of the marine environment, comes from Monica Förster’s idea of designing a new kind of component sofa for De Padova.
To create design settings and permit contemporary reinterpretation of any type of space, Mimic has a simple form and an intrinsic movement created by the softness of the details in the seat and the cushions.
The combination of modules of different sizes and different backs allows Mimic to generate a wide range of seating possibilities, from the most standard to maxi formats, including poufs, making the model adapt perfectly to both home and contract applications.