Paola Lenti [pt 3/5] @ Salone Milan 2017

Paola Lenti [pt 3/5] @ Salone Milan 2017

Paola Lenti presented its new collections in balance between indoor and outdoor in Fabbrica Orobia 15, a charming industrial site of the early twentieth century.

With its heights and large spaces, the location allowed to blend together new and old objects, indoor and outdoor materials, and created a new vision of the interiors.

Paola Lenti presents a new collection of sofas, seats and tables with an essential and colourful line at the Salone del Mobile 2017.

These items are able to create balanced and fascinating scenarios, in which opposites live together: past and present, outdoor and indoor, tradition and passion.

Every piece is conceived by a designer -Francesco Rota, Vincent Van Duysen, Marella Ferrera, Marco Merendi among the long last collaborations.

Paola Lenti researched materials and textiles; she created fabrics, carpets, coverings and imagined the raw material the designer will use for his or her piece.

Paola Lenti & Francesco Rota

They are unique projects, made of precious and durable materials. Metal and wood structures coexist with hand-crocheted rugs, crafted with high-tech yarns.

Aesthetics meets functionality  in the new collection that tells a story of experimentation and passion.


This year the spirit of the collection – Chords – revealed tracks, intangible counter-points, passages towards flexible spaces, domestic topographies where Paola Lenti creations hold the balance between energy and grace, precision and style, by virtue of a phrasing made of soft modulations always pursuing beauty and usefulness.

With De Castelli, Paola Lenti created a new metallic material, and oxidized it.

The leitmotif linking texture and objects makes these spaces very powerful, it is quite different to what they realized in the past. Rooms are more modular, with vibrant colours.

At De Castelli production site, handcrafting skills and a unique know-how have translated the language of Paola Lenti: Tela is born.

A metallic fabric made of copper, a sort of magical element with color-changing shades created with a double weaving.

At Via Orobia, Tela becomes a boiserie that enriches walls. Weaving among different finishes gives copper an intense and mysterious shade.

An element that has seemed to be part of the location for ages.

In another room, you can find a less thick copper weaving presenting shades that go from red to purple, enhancing the fireplace-sculpture designed by Bestetti Associati.

This big installation is brought to life with a strong emotional contrast thanks to the unique manufacturing of the copper platform, characterized by dark purple shades.



2017 New Collection – Indoor





Agio, indoor modular seating system by Francesco Rota

Agio is a system of large modular seating provided with backrests, which can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally.

The structure is made of steel and comfort is guaranteed by elastic belts in the seating area and by the padding in expanded polyurethane.

Upholstery cover is removable and available in a selection of indoor fabrics in the collection.


Atollo Next, indoor sofa by Francesco Rota

Atollo Next merges the traditional production techniques with the most innovative materials. Conceived for the maximum comfort, this sofa is padded with a 100% recyclable material.

The bases are made of steel, either lacquered or Ornué finished, a special, exclusive hand brushed finishing by De Castelli.

The removable upholstery cover is available in the many indoor fabrics in the collection.


Nesso, indoor tables and side tables, and Adele, indoor chair, by Francesco Rota

Nesso is a series of tables and side tables feature a base formed by joints and profiles in matt lacquered aluminium.

The round, square or rectangular tops are made of Carrara, Breccia, green or red Versilia marble or of wood finished Mano Opaca.

The tops of the side tables are available also in copper or wood finished Mano Lucida, the new hand lacquering introduced this year by Paola Lenti for the interiors.

Adele is the new chair in Paola Lenti Home Collection. The base is available either in lacquered steel or in heartwood, natural or dyed in dark or red colour.

The structural seating and backrest area is padded to enhance comfort; upholstery is fixed and available in Paola Lenti’s signature indoor fabrics.


Silent, bed by Francesco Rota

Silent consists of a padded bedframe, which can be connected to different typologies of headboards.

The structure in multilayer wood and steel is completed with a slatted base and is padded with stress resistant polyurethane.

The removable upholstery is available in the exclusive indoor fabrics in the collection. The headboard introduced this year has a steel frame, which is woven by hand with Paola Lenti’s signature Chain knit.



2017 Collection – Outdoor




Portofino, outdoor armchair and sofa by Vincent Van Duysen

New, comfortable pieces enhance this year the series Portofino, winner in 2016 of the Good Design Award.

The sofa and the armchair Portofino feature a structure made of natural or dark dyed black locust heartwood covered with Paola Lenti’s signature fabric Madras or Tamil.

The seat is provided with elastic belts. Seat and back cushions have a removable upholstery in a colour matching the structure covering.


Lido, outdoor chair, lounge chair, sun bed, pouf and table by Francesco Rota

Lido is a series consisting of chair, lounge chair, sun bed, pouf and table specifically conceived for a use in public areas and in contract projects.

The chair and the lounge chair are stackable and have a structure made of gloss-varnished aluminium; the sunbed, stackable as well, has a structure made of gloss-varnished steel provided with wheels in plastic materials positioned on the backside and adjustable backrest.

The seating parts are made of a plastic material, which is 100% recyclable and completely without mineral charges, which is co-molded with an open weave fabric in Twiggy, the new yarn developed by Paola Lenti for the exteriors.

The collection Lido also includes soft poufs padded with polystyrene spheres and removable upholstery in the outdoor fabrics in the collection as well as tables with gloss-varnished aluminium structure and top in white laminate, gloss-varnished steel or in Venice, one of the new Paola Lenti materials for the exteriors.


Amable, outdoor chair by Victor Carrasco

Amable is the new Paola Lenti stackable chair for the exteriors. The structure is made of varnished stainless steel; the shell is in molded plastic material.

An independent covering made of a cord in Paola Lenti’s signature Rope, sewn with a spiral-like pattern, enhances the comfort of the chair.


Cocci, outdoor side tables by Marella Ferrara

Paola Lenti introduces new finishings for the tops of the Cocci side tables.

For these new pieces, Nicolò Morales decorates the tiles by hand using a particular working technique to obtain unique oxidized and metallic effects.

Each tile is a unique piece, which is selected to be combined to the other according to aesthetic criteria based on the colour shades created onto the surfaces.

The structure is made of Délabré finished stainless steel, an exclusive finishing by De Castelli.


Farniente, outdoor hammock by Bestetti Associati

This hammock is made of a new outdoor multicolor fabric. The junction rings made of cord connect the fabric to the hooking system made of stainless steel.

Farniente can be suspended also to a dedicated structure made of varnished stainless steel provided with base plates for the fixing to load bearing surfaces.


I Calatini, outdoor side tables by Marco Merendi

I Calatini are a series of ceramics side tables with different shapes, dimensions and colours.

They are hand decorated in white colour, tone on tone, or with always different chromatic effects, which make of each side table a unique piece.


Sciara, outdoor dining table by Marella Ferrera

A new dining table is added this year to the Sciara side tables introduced in 2016.

The structure is made of Délabré finished stainless steel, an exclusive finishing by De Castelli; the top consists of square tiles of lava stone, cut by hand and decorated with melted glass.

Each tile is a unique piece and is selected to be combined with the others according to aesthetic criteria based on the colour hues created during the melting process.


Hopi by CRS Paola Lenti

New poufs Hopi, by CRS Paola Lenti.


Spezie, outdoor poufs by Marella Ferrera

The poufs Spezie are available in different dimensions.

The padding is in polystyrene spheres and the removable upholstery cover is made of Paola Lenti’s signature Kimia fabric, which is hand embroidered with flat braids in Rope yarn, available in hundreds of solid and two-colour shades.



About Francesco Rota

Francesco Rota, interior and product designer, born in 1966 in Milan where he lives and works.

Graduated in product design at Art Center College of Design in 1994, La Tour de Peilz (Switzerland), he opens his own studio in 1998 and works in different fields of design: product, furniture , lighting, showrooms, offices, residential interiors and events.

International collaborations: Alchemy, Arketipo, Bals Tokyo, Barilla, Driade, Fiat, Frag, John Richmond, Knoll International, KME Italy, Lapalma, Lema, Living Divani, L’Oreal Paris, Malo, Martini & Rossi, Mercedes Benz, Moroso, Paola Lenti, Oluce, Takano Co.Ltd, Versus.

Francesco Rota has been awarded with two honorable mentions for the Compasso d’Oro with ‘Linea’ and ‘Island’, which are today in the Historical Collection of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award, with a Special Mention for the German Design Award 2014 (by the German Design Council) with the product ‘Daydream’, with the MIAW, Muuuz International Design Award, in 2013 with the product ’Frame On’ and in 2014 with the product ’Smile’ and with the Interior Design Best of the Year Awards 2014 with the product ‘Cloud’.

In 2013 he was finalist for the Wallpaper Judges’ Award in the section ‘Designer of the Year’.

He has taken part in several exhibitions held at:
St. Etienne Biennale du Design, Hannover Messe, Triennale di Milano, Reggia di Venaria Reale_Torino, Moss_New York, Material Connection_New York, Biennale di Architettura_Venezia,Royal Academy of Arts_Londra, The Merchandise Mart_Chicago, Miami Design Distrisct, Biltmore Fashion Park_Phoenix, Bellerive Museum_Zurich.

Since May 2004 he has taught in the Master Research Study Program in Industrial Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design, in collaboration with Magis. From 2013 he is the art director of Lapalma.


About Marella Ferrera

Designer Marella Ferrera starts working in the atelier her parents have opened in Catania in 1958. “I was born among fabrics“, she says about herself.

In 1993 she makes her debut in Rome on high fashion catwalks and is acclaimed as that year’s new talent. Her style is made of thoughts and images, sober lines which are at the same time “constructed”.

The use of innovative materials such as lava stone, obsidian, terracotta, rock crystal, copper threads, papyrus-like paper, textile paper, cork, palm roots, has earned her name of “fashion experimenter”.

A careful and witty observer of habits and customs related to her land, Sicily, she takes from that unforgettable hints and suggestions.

An idealist, as only a true artist can be, she’s the “designer who sews ceramics”. Malaysia, China, Japan, United States, Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa and the most important European countries have admired her “unique” fashion designs in the recent years.

In Catania, on the 3rd of May 2008, on the 250th anniversary of its foundation, Marella reopens the Biscari Museum at Palazzo Biscari once visitated by Goethe and now called “MF Museum&Fashion” where she moves her Maison headquarters and her Historical Archive nowadays in exhibition.


About Marco Merendi

Marco Merendi was born in Faenza on 2 May 1968. In the year 1996 he obtains a degree in Architecture at the University of Florence.

Immediately after he leaves for Amsterdam where he collaborates with the studio LITE. He was in charge of the realisation of lighting objects and lighting projects of large spaces.

Actually he lives and work in Milan where his researches and interests range from architecture, design on communication.

The key words of his work are: passion, experimentation and magic.

Marco Merendi is teaching at the Scuola Politecnica di Design (SPD) of Milan.


About Vincent Van Duysen

Vincent Van Duysen was born 1962 in Lokeren, Belgium. He attended Architecture school at the Architecture Institute Saint-Lucas in Ghent and founded his design studio in Antwerp in 1990. From the onset there has been a great interest in interior design with mostly residential projects.

A complete architectural product with subtle transitions between architecture and interior design combined with a spatial design attitude that always searches the essence. The use of pure and tactile materials results in a clear and timeless design. An approach that covers all aspects, with respect to context and tradition, within which the senses and physical experience of the space, materials and light place the integrity of the user at its core. Functionality, durability and comfort are the prime components of the work. An architectural language which is not shy of aesthetics, but resists fashion and trends.

Vincent Van Duysen Architects has a very diverse portfolio, domestic as well as international projects in residential design, offices, commercial spaces and product design. Projects have been featured in multiple publications such as books and magazines but also via exhibitions worldwide.

The first monograph was published in 2001 by GG Editorial – a Spanish publisher and later in March 2010, a second monograph was published by Thames & Hudson, London UK. Most recently, a 2011 publication by Japanese A+U magazine has extensively covered the work.

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