Skitsch: is an Italian design innovative company working with established and emerging designers from around the globe.
Luca Bombassei, the new president of Skitsch, wanted to interpret the theme of heredity, of a past that looks to the future, recreating a “spatial” environment through some extremely expressive pieces. Skitsch Forward was their motto in Milan 2012 and the name of their new collection.
Skitsch looks forward, anticipates, runs ahead. It is moving towards a goal that it has defined with precision and clarity, visionary, but realistic: producing good, practical, useful design, at accessible costs, suitable to meet the demands of everyday life, while speaking to hearts and minds.
It is banking once again on the designers that have worked with it since its launch, reaffirming the talents that made their debut last season, and thus its own vocation as a talent scout, and placing its trust in the new generations
The well-versed team, led by the new Chairman Luca Bombassei, is highly focused on creating new products that will complete the collection and cover a range of different key moods:
Decor, Pop, Casual e Modern.
Illustrations by Victor Hachmang and Willford Barrington
Takeoff chair is inspired by the archetypal outdoor seating of the fifties and sixties, but its technical/sartorial details and wide coloured feet, like suction cups, evoke soft landings, creating an almost futuristic feel. The textile mesh seat, hooked onto the tubular metal structure with straps borrowed from the sporting world, envelops the body like a shell. Its circular shape, hoisted atop slender legs, gives a playful appearance, like a creature from Star Wars, recently arrived from a distant planet: firmly planted on the floor, thanks to its large, round feet, but ready for take off at any time. With a shape as simple as Giotto’s O, its construction reveals all the skill of a concise, expert design.
The strength of this useful accessory lies in its lightness and purity. This little table, to be set next to an armchair or sofa, is a simply white ceramic tray, standing on a slender white metal support. No digressions in its form, not a comma more than is necessary, just the essential, and excellent performance: the transparent top is a real tray to be used for serving. Its clear simplicity sets it decisively in that category of objects that can be defined as “normal”, but its unexpected transparency sets it apart from the rest, almost an absence, giving it an ethereal feel.
This is a system to dress a common light bulb, offering it the dignity of design. Jupe looks like a flared skirt, available in a range of bright colours, and translucent as befits a summer dress. A slit in the side means it will slip quickly and simply over any bulb hanging from a wire. Nothing to assemble, easy to apply, just like slipping on a skirt, Jupe lampshade in methacrylate is the ingenious accessory that will transform any light bulb into a lighting feature, offering rooms new colour nuances.
Wunder Cabinet and Wunder Sideboard, designed by Alessandra Baldereschi, : essential, right-angled lines, but patterned finishes in original colours and stone jewel handles
Folco Orlandi & Andrea Radice
Frolla armchair offers unrivalled comfort and relaxation, as successfully previewed and sold in Cologne. To complete the family, are presented Frollino, a large pouf and Frollo, a two seat sofà. Frolla, the unstructured seat, made stable by the use of differentiated filling, marks the debut in the Skitsch team of Andrea Radice and Folco Orlandini.
Multiple vases in clear and frosted glass, these are multiples vases. Like Russian dolls, one vase contains others, to hold a single flower, or a bouquet. These are landscape vases, a cluster of vases that lift decorative pinnacles, as if they generated unforeseen flowers. They represent a new type of vase that is itself in bloom, but which is perfectly suited to hold both single flowers and scented bouquets.
This rectangular oak table seems to be awaiting its dining guests. It is, as Gertrude Stein might say, a table-table, with no other ambition than that of being a solid, slender table. However, its rigorously essential geometry is altered by a spontaneous marking. A flash of colour peers out from its profile, interrupting its linear character, and creating an unexpected emphasis. This magical ray of colour gives the essential design the feel of a Dan Flavin piece.