Revival vs. Innovation
by Fabian Peters | 4/25/2019
The grand review: These are the trends and highlights of this year's Milan furniture fair.
Dordoni has tackled the commission demonstrating his mastery of his materials and his capability of availing himself of Cassina's vast realm of experience, without the need to give himself over to a thrill of meeting a challenge. On the contrary, echoes of the great masters appear in the design not as quotations but rather as antidote to the risks of a skeletal minimalism. In designing Pilotta - chair, full-size and small armchairs, and ottomans - Dordoni stays clear of working on elementary geometrical lines or the essential nature of a conceptual approach. His path is rather the modelling of the outlines, the study of the joints and structural cross-winds as the occasion to create a real and proper shape-and-form grammar with constructional technology. Wholehearted simplicity that redeems the force of the triangle and diagonal elements.
Light but never spindly, Dordoni's designs call to mind the serene self-possession of the bourgeois home, not the need for surprises one after the other but rather the solid quality of the articles. Seats and backs that provide solid support without skimping on the comfort, solidity without excessive bulk, wood and leather.
It is a landscape of objects criss-crossed by light which seems to evoke both the Mediterranean sun and the clear skies of northern Europe at the same time.
|Seat finish||without upholstery|
|Width of seat||565 mm|
|Base finish||with legs|
|Backrest finish||without back padding|
|Armrest finish||with armrests|
shades of brown