Rattan, like wood, has allowed the creation of handcrafted and unique works that will remain alive for a long time. Expormim
has traditionally worked this material with its experienced craftsmen, and this time has provided its expertise and know-how to the architect Benedetta Tagliabue
to create a contemporary concept of rattan seats. Tina
armchair is the first of them and it will be showcased at the Milan Furniture Fair
With an important technical complexity, the Tina armchair and bench has been a challenge both in its development and manufacturing. The Italian and Barcelona-based architect has designed the seats with a clear intention: to use the rattan tradition in order to create a sleek and sinuous design, working with the best craftsmen
“The Tina armchair is the result of our collaboration with the industry. With a design featuring both innovation and tradition, it is built with the painstaking care and attention to detail characteristic of artisanal methods coupled with the precision and quality that comes with technology. The Tina armchair is surprisingly lightweight and sinuous due to the features and comfort of its natural braiding
Tagliabue loves natural fibers and she has developed several architectural projects using similar materials as the ones that inspire the Expormim collection, such as the Spanish Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
“Wickerwork is a marvelous form of art, and an artisanal technique which is the same the world over. One can even say that wickerwork represents the first universal language of humankind: a language of hands. That is why we research about wicker and the weaving of natural materials in our design studio.
For Benedetta Tagliabue, principal of the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
studio, which she founded with Enric Miralles in 1991, the Tina collection reflects one of her most recognized values: a tribute to the beauty of simplicity and craftsmanship
This is the first design available for an indoor environment signed by the EMBT studio, which previously had created furniture for public spaces. Tina is able to transform any room into a pleasant ambience, brings the elegance of the nature and represents the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Technical data: Armchair ‘Tina’
Design: Benedetta Tagliabue – EMBT
Armchair featuring a structure made of lacquered steel tube, 18 mm/0.71" thick. The frame of the seat is made of natural, peeled and tinted rattan, 32 mm/1.26" thick, while the seat itself is made of hand-weaved wicker, 8 mm/0.31" thick. Protective plastic caps.
Dimensions: 99 × 111 × 100 cm / 39” × 43,75” × 39,5”
Materials: steel and rattan
Benedetta Tagliabue studied at the Istituto Universitario de Architettura di Venecia (IUAV), completing her studies in New York. In 1989 she moved to Barcelona, where she resides today. In 1991, she joined forces with Enric Miralles and founded Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, a studio which has designed projects in China, Germany, England, The Netherlands, and many other countries. Their work has received numerous accolades; the latest being the lifetime International Fellowship conferred by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2010.
Notable projects include the Spain Pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Barcelona’s Santa Caterina Market and surrounding area (1997-2005) and the Scottish Parliament Building (1999-2004). Her work extends into the area of set and interior design, with noteworthy works including sets for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (2009), the play “From I to J” by Isabel Coixet (2010) and the interiors for the Camper shoe stores in Seville, Barcelona and Washington (2009-2010). In 2001 she was the recipient of the Delta de Oro Award in Industrial Design for her design of the Lungomare Bench for the Escofet Company.
Expormim will present this and other novelties at the Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan, from 09 to 14 April, in an area located in Hall 6, Stand E35
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