A touch of new objectivity
by Fabian Peters | 5/10/2018
Quo vadis, furniture design? This year’s Salone del Mobile reveals a few ideas. An analysis in our glance back at the fair.
For the 2017 edition of the Salone del Mobile, Knoll presents Grasshopper, a collection
of tables designed by Piero Lissoni, a perfect combination of pure geometry and
synthesis of design. The modern table is where key decisions are taken,
accommodating a range of functions from family reunions to business meetings.
"If this table could be described with just two words, they would be flared and
lightweight. Indeed, Grasshopper borrows its name from the animal that has six
precision tools for legs. Here there are four, equally long and incredible and yet
perfectly functional. Above them sits a top that is so thin that it looks able to lift up and
take to the air. An object that is so weightless and compact that it works perfectly with
all the chairs of the Knoll range. And then I wanted it to have the height of a classic
table, just a little lower than those of today, a few centimeters less to promote privileged
refinement around the table", so Lissoni describes the new collection of tables.
The elegance of Grasshopper derives from its combination of surfaces and structure:
the surfaces are distinguished by their slenderness and are available with an innovative
rectangular form, incorporating rounded corners, or in a circular format, while the
structure is composed of very thin, high-performance cast steel elements available
chromed, burnished or painted finishes. The tabletop is available in uncommon and
exquisite stone, such as Ruby Red marble, glass, and woods.
Each element of the collection expresses the value of Knoll craftsmanship, evidenced in
the working of raw materials of the highest quality, and careful and passionate detailing
that confers a special charm to these extremely versatile tables.
Grasshopper also includes a family of low tables conceived as a minimal planetary system. Suspended at different heights, they turn as if floating in thin air, supporting the hypothesis that a gentle spirit is an ethereal gift. The low tables use the same materials and combine with the main round tabletop to produce secondary, differently sized tables that can be moved along the perimeter, tracing out circular orbits. The versatility of these tables derives not only from their clear, geometric aesthetic and their different sizes and heights, but also from the variety of finishes available for the top. Easily adaptable, they add an equally refined touch to the private living room or the public lounge area.
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