DePadova is a paradox – it is part of a quintessentially Italian design culture and yet is defined by its international scope.
Coherency remains a key theme at DePadova. The brand’s collection is tastefully eclectic, both in terms of its origin and the styles.
For the 2016 Salone Fair exhibition showing Depadova presented a typically refined palette of blending some historical catalogue pieces releases together with a small number of well resolved furniture pieces and accessories
The designers for the 2016 collection have come from Italy, Sweden and Japan
One of this years’ product highlights was finding that DePadova had re-editioned the late Belgian designer Maarten Van Severen’s, iconic furniture pieces – LLO4 chaise and LC03 seating
“ This year it may be Scandinavian design or Japanese minimalism and next year it may be something completely different, but it will always go together.” … Luca DePadova
New 2016 Product Releases
Piero Lissoni, 2016
It adds a note of personality to your environment, with a simple neutrality that everyone agrees on, from the classic to the more contemporary taste.
The right proportion sums up both stability and comfort, structural sobriety and freedom.
Alexander Åhnebrink, 2016
A nomadic lamp. Equipped with USB charging port, Firefly can be brought anywhere to light up indoors and outdoors. The basket in natural leather reminds of a classic picnic thermos, adding to the design a nice retro touch.
Six out of twelve ‘stones’ made in fine Lebanon cedar are used to hold the fine glass top.
This design hides a more subtle meaning, evoked by its Japanese name Ishi, the path to achieve a goal.
Here a success of pure beauty, reached by the balance between materials and their expressions.
Leather Long Chair LL04
Maarten Van Severen, 2004
Form optimization and old Scandinavian functionality are combined in a linear design which does not allow any comparisons.
Its dry minimalism not only satisfies the sight, but also welcomes the body organically.
The touch is made pleasant and precious thanks to the quality of the materials and detailings of the hand stitching.
Low Chair LC03
Maarten Van Severen, 2003
Iconic as a museum piece, if kept jealously it will become your own personal chair, not to be shared with anyone thanks to its unique and punctial comfort.
The structure and upholstery available in fabric or leather makes the design practical and long lasting.
Mogura in Japanese means mole. And the oblique light bulb creates a thread-like graphic line reminding a tunnel that the rodent digs in the ground.
The pendant light can also be placed on the floor, subverting the apparent similarity to a bird cage.
Kensaku Oshiro, 2016
After the first, you want them all.
The versatility of these tables is given not only by their clear geometrical aesthetic which is available in different heights and sizes, but also by the wide variety of finishes: marble, oak and even a nanotechnology with “soft touch treatment” which makes the design even more contemporary and unique.
Sen collection is easily adaptable to many living spaces, from private spaces, as well as public spaces and lounge areas.
At first sight the cabinet fulfills its main function thanks to its generous and capacious measures, however watching it carefully we discover a new one.
The volume and the surface seem an excuse, as the canvas for colour, to show the merits and value of the finishes (natural oak with knots, fossil oak and walnut).
The perfect mix of craftsmanship and natural beauty, making it impossible to find two of the same kind.
Tomoya Tabuchi, 2016
It is the archetypal table, essential in both domestic and office environments.
Always ready to offer more space and to welcome as many guests as possible.
Depadova 2016 Collection Designer Biographies
(Seregno / Italy, 1956)
After graduating in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano, Piero Lissoni started out on his career as designer and Art Director. Together with Nicoletta Canesi he opened the Lissoni Associati studio in 1986 in Milan.
1996 saw the creation of Graph.x, a company dedicated to the development of graphics projects.
The work of the studio, with a staff of over 60 people, involves architecture and interiors, industrial and graphic design.
Projects include hotels, resorts, showrooms, shops, headquarters, trade fair stands, private houses and yachts, from furnishing to lighting, from art direction to corporate identity, from catalogues to packaging.
Piero Lissoni develops projects for Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Desalto, Fantini, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Knoll International, Lema, Living Divani, Lualdi, Matteograssi, Porro.
Incursions into the fashion world encompass store design and working with Italian brands such as Benetton, Gallo, Piazza Sempione, Santandrea, Serapian, in addition to the creation of showrooms for the New York designer Elie Tahari.
Architectural projects embrace private residences along with company headquarters, theatres and hotels, including the Grand Hotel Billia and Spa in Saint Vincent(Aosta) with its adjoining Parc Hotel, Casino and Congress Centre (2013; the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam, former Conservatory of Music converted into a hotel (2011-2012); the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem with its 210 rooms and suites (2009); the renovation and interior design of the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice (2002-2004); the Bentley Design HotelTM in Istanbul (2002); the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Tokyo (2005); the Studio M Hotel in Singapore (2010); the Hotel Bellariva, an historic manor house on Garda Lake (2010); the principal suites for The Pierre Hotel in New York (2010) and for The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai (2010).
In addition to showrooms for Boffi, Cassina, Porro and Tecno, Piero Lissoni completed the headquarters of Living Divani in Anzano del Parco (2007); the headquarters of Glas Italia (2010) and Matteograssi (2011) near Milan; the new offices of La Rinascente Group in Milan (2006); the eight-storey Benetton Store in Istanbul (2009).
Lissoni renovated the Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2009) for the Dutch group Stage Entertainment, maintaining the historic façade.
(Gothenburg / Sweeden, 1978)
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Alexander moved to London in 1997 where he graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2002.
Later the same year he moved to Milan, Italy to work for Atelier Bellini, an award winning design and innovation consultancy founded by Mario and Claudio Bellini.
As co-head of studio he managed the design team and its projects for various global leaders of the design industry including Walter Knoll, Steelcase, Driade, Poltrona Frau, Thonet, JVC and Vitra.
In 2009 he founded Aå Design, a creative agency focusing on product design, interior design and visual communication working projects such as: audio range for The+Audio, design of 3M experience showrooms in Stockholm and Copenhagen, as well as art direction for global leaders in the fashion industry in collaboration with Milan/Stockholm based Studio Berg.
After moving to China in 2013 to take up employment at the Innovation Design Team for Beijing based electronic giant Lenovo, Alexander currently heads the creative department at Sparks Industries in Shanghai.
Nendo is a design firm founded in 2002 in Tokyo, with architect Oki Sato, he graduated at Waseda University in Architecture as its principal.
The firm realizes its goal of bringing small surprises to people through a multidisciplinary practice whose media include architecture, interiors, furniture, industrial products and graphic design.
Nendo opened their Milan office in 2005, and have achieved international recognition for their award winning designs for European manufacturers including Cappellini, De Padova, Moroso and Oluce.
In 2012 he’s “Designer of the Year” for Wallpaper* magazine and “Designer of the Year” for Elle Deco International Design Award.
Maarten Van Severen
(Antwerp/ Belgium, 1956-2005)
Belgian designer Maarten Van Severen, the son of abstract painter Dan Van Severen, studied architecture at the Saint-Lucas Institute in Ghent.
Around 1985 he set up a workshop for furniture and interiors. He made interiors for the Villa Dall’Ava (1991) in Paris (FR) and the Lemoine House (1999) in Floirac (FR) commissioned by the Dutch Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) of Rem Koolhaas.
He collaborated intensively with the Swiss firm Vitra, that produces his chair .03 since 1998.
His last big projects were the public spaces of the Van Abbemuseum (2001) in Eindhoven (NL) and the kitchen pavilion for the Boxy brothers (2005) in Deurle.
(Okinawa / Japan, 1977)
After gaining a Master’s degree in Industrial Design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan in 1999, he began working with various studios until 2004, when he joined the design team at Lissoni Associati where he worked until mid-2012.
In June 2012, Kensaku moved to London to join Barber Osgerby studio.
In June 2015, Kensaku established his own studio in Milan.
He has participated in numerous exhibitions and competitions and has obtained a range of prestigious international awards.
Kensaku Oshiro works with Boffi, Frag, Glas Italia, Ligne Roset, Matteograssi, Mogg, Varaschin, Viccarbe and Zanotta.
(Tochigi / Japan, 1974)
Tomoya Tabuchi, was born in 1974
He graduated in Living Design at Kuwasawa Design School in 1997.
After working at Japanese furniture firm on the planning, designing original products, developing products designed by overseas designers, he became independent in 2010 with his studio Office for Creation.
His activity includes designed products, graphic design and art direction.
He participated in several international design awards, among which the 2007 Premio Vico Magistretti, shortlist for prize and 2012 ELLE DECOR Young Japanese Design Talent 2014 Good Design Award / Japanese Furniture Selection “TWIG”.
The DePadova home
A different view and the desire to change and renew are the generating spirit of the company founded in 1956 by Fernando and Maddalena De Padova, characterized by a strong focus on the modern, an instinctive taste for beauty and a care for projects that can stand on their own.
The great leaders brought together in a single catalogue: Achille Castiglioni, Pierluigi Cerri, Michele De Lucchi, Charles and Ray Eames, Vico Magistretti, Ingo Maurer, George Nelson, Dieter Rams… are responsible for choosing a new and extraordinary direction.
They are the inspiring tunes of a big symphony, to which the notes of other talented emerging designers followed and enriched the catalogue in the 2000s.
This path has been created by establishing connections across time and space, with precise cultural references, from folk to classic, from technological accuracy to the versatility of contemporary environments.
An imprint that has confirmed over time the special and unique DePadova language, rich in elegant style intuitions.
The merger with Boffi, in 2015, emphasizes this aptitude, starting from the launch of the current showroom, which is the new beginning.
The historical collection, under the art direction of Piero Lissoni, has been renewed and enriched with innovative items, designed by Lissoni himself, followed by Nendo, Maarten van
Severen and other brilliant minds.
The charming loft of Via Santa Cecilia, DePadova’s new address, becomes a place where one can imagine and design one’s own home or work environment.
Offering materials from selected partners and suggesting living solutions indicated by professionals, the single furnishings are organic and encompass an ever-changing backdrop to daily life.
The De Padova location, where one can always practice “sober simplicity”, has now been replicated over and over thanks to the widespread distribution of Boffi flagship stores.
One can now travel back to the starting point importing the international novelties to Milan and Italy.
From here one can set off again and go far away, whilst still maintaining the aim of feeding curiosity, passion and splendour.