De Padova @ Milan Design Week 2011

De Padova @ Milan Design Week 2011


Florinda chair by Monica Forster

The juxtaposition of antithetical materials like wood and plastic, in the name of aesthetics and practicality of use, gives rise to the new Florinda chair designed by Monica Förster.

Conceived to erase the boundaries between zones, the new chair lends itself to a wide range of different interpretations: from the dining area to the home studio, it can also easily adapt to restaurants, cafes and public areas, due to its contemporary look and versatility.

The choice of materials De Padova has developed for the new chair combines simplicity of form and lightness of structure, to complete design settings and permit contemporary rethinking of any type of space.

Florinda satisfies typical De Padova “Form and Function” criteria

Shadow tables by Vincent van Duysen

Essential lines, careful workmanship and stylish details are all the elements of high design content for De Padova‘s new Shadow table.

The designer’s minimal spirit is reflected in the formal lightness of the table, a perfect fit in the De Padova collection, both for residential contexts and the workplace. The system of tables includes rectangular and square models.

Florinda Chair by Monica Forster

The chair comes in the solid beech finish, combined with colorful plastic seat and back. Stackable versions are available, with or without armrests.

About Monica Forster

Monica Förster, creator of some of the most internationally renowned objects in contemporary Swedish design today, is based in Stockholm but grew up close to the artic circle in the very north of Sweden.

Her work is categorized by a strong sense of pure form mixed with a never ending curiosity for new materials and technology.

Always trying to work in a cross-disciplinary way, she invents and renews typologies in industrial, furniture and object design.

She has been awarded Designer of the Year, Sweden, 2007 and 2006 and was awarded Excellent Swedish Design in 2002, Future-Design Days Award 2002 and Design Plus in Germany in 2000. She has also been represented in the International Design Yearbook.

Monica Förster design studio works worldwide with clients such as De Padova, Modus, E&Y Japan, Offecct , Poltrona Frau, Swedese and Tacchini.

Shadow Table by Vincent van Duysen

Shadow table by Vincent van Duysen

Vincent Van Duysen describes the table designed for De Padova as follows: « Shadow is conceived as an essential table. The image is linear and light. At first glance the form is archetypal but also sophisticated. The fine details of the corners and the use of two tones give the table a slender yet stable form. Shadow is a visually appealing piece of furniture, thanks to its nearly subtle optical effects.

The table reveals itself in different ways from different vantage points. It plays with the concept of the visible and the invisible through subtle use of color and depth.

The structure is in steel, covered in wood, in the oak finish, or in layered HPL, like the top; the details of the legs can be lacquered in different shades.

About Vincent van Duysen

Vincent Van Duysen was born in Lokeren, Belgium in 1962. He took a degree in architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint-Lucas in Ghent. In 1986 and 1987 he worked in Milan collaborating with Aldo Cibic. In 1990 he opened his own studio in Antwerp, concentrating on architecture.

His first residential projects are always treated in a way which merges architecture and interior in a subtle manner. With the Concordia offices his reputation as an architect was undeniably established. Ever since his office is involved in architecture as well as in interior architecture, shop and furniture design.

Most of his designs originate from his architectural projects. He develops his furniture from an architect’s point of view which means starting from space rather than from shape. It can be considered as a rescaling of his architectural work.

Vincent Van Duysen always works in an upright way, making timeless pieces with tactile and pure materials. This means that the expression ‘design’ is a bit unfortunate since it has a temporary and artificial undertone, opposite to his objectives. His designs refer to primary forms or historical objects, redefining them in a contemporary way, averse from all tendencies. The balance between shape and vision is an important aspect in his work as well as durability and functionality, comfort. However, Vincent does not shy away from aesthetics; to him it is an essential part of the ‘art of life’: the emotional side of architecture.

Today his Antwerp based office has realizations and projects in progress in Belgium and abroad. His work is being published in many books, magazines and exhibitions worldwide. A first monograph edited by GG Editorial – Spain was released in 2001. A second monograph has been launched on March 15th 2010 by Thames & Hudson.

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