Italian Renaissance architecture inspired the new furniture collection Bell’Italia designed by architect Massimiliano Raggi, together with the SICIS Next Art Lab team.
At the 2014 Salone del Mobile, the SICIS Next Art will present a collection ruled by the interpretation of great classics.
Cabinets, sideboards and bar furniture reproduce the facades and plans of iconic Italian buildings: the clock tower of Venice, Bramante’s Tempietto in the cloister of the church of S. Pietro in Montorio, in Rome, and the basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Wall have been stylized and embellished with mosaic inserts and finishings in precious materials, bronze and mirrored partitions, with sophisticated textures recreated by expert master decorators.
The pieces feature leather-covered interiors, drawers with mosaic fronts and the highest attention to detail, with relief decoration, wood intaglio, antiqued lacquers and gold-leaf covered wood paying tribute to traditional Italian craftsmanship. And all with a strong focus on functionality.
Expert mosaic-working is also found on the headboard of one of the beds, creating a sublime three-dimensional effect where the glimmer of the tiny mosaic tesserae provide color and light, reverberation upon reverberation, for a true work of art resulting from more than 800 hours of labor.
This furniture with handcrafted details expresses the inheritance of time-honored artisan techniques.
The conception behind these pieces was developed with an eye toward showcasing the best in Italian artisanship and using richly detailed materials and pairings. SICIS Next Art creates unique, refined, fresh furnishings that are the fruit of the best traditions of upholsterers, cabinet-makers, decorators, carvers and carpenters.
The SICIS Next Art stand features an exclusive reserved area dedicated to the most discerning international clientele. This special area is decorated in shades of mauve, the 2014 color of the year, embellished with Renaissance mosaic decorations on the walls.
With warm touches of black and brown, punctuated with the light effects of bronze and gold, the SICIS stand has been designed like a vast photography set, where the furniture is the real star.
The furniture is enhanced by shape-defining contoured lighting and projections that support the ‘industrial chic’ design, creating a highly evocative atmosphere with an alternation of emotional images and glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes, telling the story of SICIS’s dedication to employing only master Italian decorators for the production of its stunning collections of sculptural furniture that are like original works in a fabulous art gallery.
Fiera Milano Rho – Salone Internazionale del Mobile – Hall 5, Stand C01-C05 – Milan, April 8–13, 2014