At the Salone 2013, the architecture and emotion within the Minotti space again recreated a contemporary habitat where interior and exterior came together harmoniously and formed the ideal setting for the presentation of the eclectic and very flexible Minotti 2013 collection.
The Minotti 2013 collection evokes a certain era – the ’50s, ’60s and ‘70s – by drawing upon a veritable fountain of design ideas and personalities that left an indelible mark on the history of Italian and international design.
Echoes of contemporary American architecture, the light freshness of Scandinavian design, the strict formality of German rationalism, the calm and measured elegance of the Milanese school, and the ability to create cultured, sophisticated decor – all flow together in a perfect and at the same time original fusion of inspirations from the worlds of design, architecture and decor.
Each of these references has created a culture of design that has become part of the collective imagination and can be glimpsed in many of the products that make up the collection.
What makes Minotti undeniably original is the ability to interpret these trends, imbuing them with a sense of present time and distilling them into an eclectic collection that radiates its own unmistakable personality.
Possessing a pronounced personality means to lend great weight to one’s own identity, challenging current thought with the consistency of one’s own thought process and the strength of one’s passion.
Without, of course, going to extremes, because sobriety is one of the dominant traits of the brand, along with a sense of what’s right and the ability to create projects that are beyond the bounds of time and fashion.
Contributing to the development of the company’s brand identity are an increasingly full and complete product line, a bold communications strategy, a recognizable image and an extensive network of select distributors.
Alongside these decisive factors in the company’s internationalization efforts was the recent addition of ultra high level technology, developed by the Minotti Studio, a team of professionals constantly engaged in research and development to find the best technical and aesthetic solutions for each product.
The Minotti 2013 collection, like its predecessors, called for considerable investments in tooling, mold design and innovative new raw materials.
This flow between creative ideas and new technologies allows Minotti to offer tangible added value in every construction detail and strengthens the company’s traditional know-how that goes into the impeccable finishing touches on each individual product.
It is precisely this inseparable synthesis of informed craftsmanship and optimization of production and industrial organization processes that makes Minotti a brand with a unique style that is increasingly difficult to emulate.
Founded in 1948, the company gradually developed to be at the forefront of the interior design market and stand out as a manufacturer of upholstered pieces and furniture conceived for refined customers.
The key ingredients of Minotti’s identity is true Made in Italy, a blend of craftsmanship and state-of-the-art mechanization, research on materials and timeless design, comfort and durability.
Hallmarks which have strengthened the role of Minotti in an increasingly demanding, global market.
These stengths allow Minotti to remain at the forefront of the interior design market and stand out as a manufacturer and marketer of upholstered pieces and furniture designed for sophisticated, conscious customers.
As the brand identity moves forward, so does it’s assertion of a bold, unique personality that for several years has energized the company’s collections.
An unparalleled style that shows itself through an aesthetic language of its own and is nourished by an infinite wealth of ideas and know-how, in the synthesis of enlightened craftsmanship and advanced technology that is part of the Minotti DNA.
Minotti 2013 Collection
Le Parc / ( design Minotti Studio – co-ordinated by Rodolfo Dordoni )
The Lifescape in/outdoor collection, presented at IMM Cologne 2013, is now enhanced with a new series, Le Parc, inspired upon traditional European wrought iron furniture, revisited in a contemporary key and without all the frills that characterize most of these kinds of furnishings.
What remains is the quest for lightness and graceful lines and a clearly stated tribute to a certain retro look.
The Le Parc family includes two- and three-seat sofas, armchairs, chaise-longues, ottomans, benches, chairs, tables and occasional tables, all made of curved tubular iron, painted in the following colors: White or Silver-Black, with the characteristic bush hammered finish.
Structure and proportions usher in a new architecture of the sofa.
White seems to be a composite of perfectly balanced shapes and sizes. The repetitive overlapping of horizontal lines forms a highly distinctive aesthetic pattern that is further emphasized by the use of several different materials.
The base of the sofa can be upholstered in fabric, leather or saddle-hide upon which the seat backs, cushions and tray tops are placed to create a captivating interplay of shapes and alternating positive and negative spaces.
The sofa is suspended above the ground by very slender feet in Pewter colored die-cast aluminum, an exclusive design by Minotti Studio, that are set at 45° angle to the sofa corners, lending added flair, even to larger-sized compositions.
A unique advantage of the White seating system lies in the option of adding tray tops in place of the armrest or along the back, making it possible to create visually captivating and functional compositions.
To make the White sofa even more comfortable and to foster proper posture for reading and relaxing, a functional headrest was added.
A family of two- and three-seat sofas, with bench, armchair and chaise-longue, a pure expression of current design, casts a respectful eye to the past and draws on some ideas that recall popular shapes from the Sixties and Seventies.
Spencer’s surprisingly unconventional lines give it a look that is light and compact. Its originality lies in the precision of its structure and the perfectly balanced proportions, backed by superlative construction techniques.
The seat back is an enveloping foam shell that enfolds soft down cushions, while the base of the sofa features a system of springs that offers supple support to the goose down-filled seat cushions.
The sofa is raised off the floor with functional feet in Pewter colored molded aluminum, crafted from an exclusive design by the Minotti Studio.
Every detail of Spencer’s construction is designed to allow one to sit up straight and still be comfortable and relaxed.
Sofas, armchairs, and chaise-longues are available in the dual version with or without armrests. The latter version makes it easy to access side tables placed at the end of the sofa or to position one or more seating elements next to each other in a straight line.
Spencer’s true calling is to be a seating system with a split personality, suited for furnishing homes and public spaces with style and personality, thanks to its limited size and fresh lines.
The Denny armchair clearly has traditional roots; its sinuous lines and measured proportions are revisited in a contemporary key and are perfectly balanced between design and classicism.
The tailored finishes fully express the values of seasoned, handcrafted virtuosity, which underpins the construction of this armchair and foot stool, with timeless attraction.
Fine craftsmanship and attention to every construction detail are distinctive traits of the Denny armchair that are effectively highlighted by upholstery in distinctive shades that lend it star status in living spaces or sleeping areas. Thanks to their smaller footprint, the Denny armchairs can also be used to elegantly furnish public spaces like lounges or waiting rooms.
The Denny series also includes several ottomans in round and oval shapes, drawn from the same creative spring and careful study of proportions. A version on castors is also available.
An enveloping, well-proportioned shape, a succession of straight and curved lines define the silhouette of the Quinn armchair.
The semicircular back and its unique pitch give it an especially welcoming feel, echoed in the fluffy cushion that makes it an even more comfortable experience.
It comes with either a swivel base or with delicate concealed feet.
Quinn is an armchair sure to become a new classic within the Minotti collections and easily fits in many different settings — from the living room to the study, bedroom, and even public spaces like lounges, waiting rooms and business offices.
Owens is a family of armchairs and chairs that calls to mind a traditional yet unique kind of chair, featuring a rounded back without armrests, and tapered wooden legs.
The simplicity of the Owens design is masterfully executed in the handcrafted construction of the chair, an advantage that comes with a company that has its roots solidly planted in a historic legacy of fine tailoring and traditional upholstering techniques, while the craftsmanship used in the solid wood legs traces back to Italy’s fine woodworking tradition.
The sleek lines and slender shapes make it possible for Owens to pair seamlessly with all the sofas in the Minotti collection.
Neto Coffee Table
Neto is a collection of occasional tables, available in two heights, three table top diameters, and three unusual pairings of materials and colors.
Technology and design find their purest expression in an occasional table with a versatile nature that makes it at home alongside any of the chairs in the collection.
Also a member of the Neto family is the functional ottoman with the characteristic base in structural polyurethane with Pewter color finish, while the upper part is padded and upholstered in fabrics and leather from the exclusive Minotti collection.
The Neto ottoman was created as the ideal seat for the Lane console but, like the true all-around piece it is, can easily be placed in any setting as a complement to all the pieces in the collection.
Andrè takes the concept of the coffee table to singularly elegant heights, a clear demonstration of Minotti’s ability to pair sophisticated design and utmost attention to detail with an essentially elegant aesthetic.
The top comes in two shapes – round and square, with beveled edges – supported by special Pewter color die-cast aluminum legs, also featured on the White sofa and the Connors sideboard.
A perfect complement to the White seating system, the Andrè coffee tables are also at home alongside other seating elements and occasional tables from the Minotti collection, especially in tandem with the Raymond coffee tables, to create an inviting and eclectic ensemble.
An interplay of shapes and proportions, with a bold asymmetry that seems to defy the force of gravity.
The elliptical shape prevails in both the chromed metal bases and in the glossy lacquered tops that come in a surprising array of colors, including White, Sand, Granite and the new shades of Green and Purple.
The reflective metal base is available in different heights and allows the tables to be customized for various uses, from the classic coffee table to writing desk height.
With the Raymond tables, Minotti adds a note of sophisticated elegance to the living spaces, in shades that subtly recall the ‘70s. Raymond is also a unique desk, available in two heights: 61 cm and 74 cm.
This truly singular object is also part of the Raymond collection; it can be used as an occasional table and as a seat, which conceals space for practical magazine storage inside.
A family of consoles designed to interact in a lively, dynamic conversation with the other elements in the Minotti2013 collection.
The simplicity of design and bold personality of the base allow the Lane console to take the leading role in any setting.
The thickness of the top conceals the useful, yet discreet drawers lined in matt palisander.
A new concept for the nightstand: not just a bedside table, nor a chest of drawers, but the two of them put together.
Hidden inside the top is a handy drawer that opens from below.
“Good design withstands the test of time”, this claim is even more likely to be true if the design element in question is made of a highly durable material.
Baydur® 60 structural polyurethane is just that; this synthetic is the material of choice by Minotti for the base of the Neto table, admittedly a ‘50s and ‘60s revival-inspired piece.
The base of the table is like a tapered cup that gracefully ends at the floor.
The top of the Neto table is available in round, square and rectangular shapes with beveled edges, and in multiple sizes.
More than a bookcase, an architectural construction, with a facade that calls to mind classic grace.
Thick, shelves create a decidedly horizontal pattern, interrupted here and there by vertical metal segments that create an irregular and eye-catching division of the space.
The architectural formality of the project is complemented by an equally passionate quest for the finest and most unusual materials, creating a fascinating contrast.
Thus the sheen of the polyester lacquered palisander and the glossy White and Granite lacquer finishes contrasts beautifully with the muted severity of the metal, finished in a fresh new “mille righe” design in Pewter color, created by the Minotti Studio.
To make the interplay of positive and negative space even more striking, it is possible to add back panels in White and Granite glossy lacquer finish or matt lacquered palisander.
Dalton transforms the archetype of the bookcase into a prominent element in the living room, enhanced with highly decorative ornamental elements that are far removed from any form of excess or ostentation.
An essential and modern aesthetic defines the Connors sideboard that is enhanced by the combination of materials – glossy lacquer and solid wood – to further increase the value of their pure, stylized shapes.
Ultra-thick shapes and architectural proportions played out against alternating positive and negative spaces rest on elegant Pewter colored die-cast aluminum feet, based on an exclusive design by Minotti Studio.
Next to the open compartment are two handy pull-out drawers fitted with practical organizers for personal objects.
The interior of the piece is made of the same wood as the drawer fronts, accenting the care that goes into every detail and the sophistication of the finishes, even those hidden from view.
Connors is available also in the floor version.
The Spencer bed, sophisticated and sinuous, has soft lines that meld aesthetics and ergonomics, the principles underlying the concept that led to the seating system of the same name.
Completely covered in fabric or leather, the bed frame is entirely free of sharp corners and also has an enveloping headboard – a soft shell made even more inviting by a plush quilt – that invites sleep by creating a pleasurable sensation of intimacy and shelter.
The elegant design epitomizes a bed that offers the utmost in comfort and, thanks to the shape of the headboard, supports the correct posture for reading.
The bed rests on avant-garde feet in Pewter colored die-cast aluminum that are set at 45° angle back from the edges of the bed in order to allow walking around it while avoiding unpleasant encounters with undesirable objects.
The Spencer bed has a universal personality that allows it to be confidently outfitted in any of the fabrics and leathers in the Minotti collection and to be integrated with style and discretion in any bedroom setting.
Rugs play a key role in creating a warm and inviting environment.
Which explains why the Minotti Rug Collection is constantly updated by the Style Office with new product ideas and new colors.
Dibbets Rainbow, with its characteristic gradations of color, welcomes the new variation called “Boreal” that combines Ecru, Grey, Blue and Brown. New in 2013 is the introduction of round rugs in diameters of 3.5 and 5 meters.
Added to the already extensive range of color options for the Dibbets rug is the new Aubergine shade that joins Sand, Oil, Stone, Silver, Pewter, Ecru, Rust and Dark Brown on the color wheel
Rug made from 100% Lyocell® – a fibre produced by cellulose – hand-crafted according to the manual Tufting method.
It’s possible to customize the rug (multiple sizes of 50 cm).
Origin of the Minotti 2013 Collection names
The 2013 collection has been named after artists – this follows on previous years traditions where Minotti named their collections after either musicians / artists / authors / poets