Roberto Lazzeroni's expressive screen for Giorgetti is inspired by Aurora Borealis

The Italian company enlisted long-term collaborator Roberto Lazzeroni to create a piece that well exemplifies its leather craft expertise

Room divider by Roberto Lazzeroni for Giorgetti made of twisted leather bands in grey and brown
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Italian furniture company Giorgetti previews its new collections ahead of Salone del Mobile 2022, starting with a screen by Tuscany-based architect Roberto Lazzeroni. 

The new piece is part of a long-term partnership between Giorgetti and Lazzeroni, whose fruitful collaboration has included pieces such as chairs, beds, tables, sofas as well as functional home office desks and storage units.

Room divider by Roberto Lazzeroni for Giorgetti made of twisted leather bands in black and brown

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The Borealis screen is a sophisticated room divider, imagined to create intimacy in living spaces and bedrooms. An intuitive design that was the result of the architect’s ‘quick thinking’, this piece takes Lazzeroni’s output in a new, more expressive direction. 

Made of three rotating modules, the screen is defined by a sensual composition of interwoven leather bands, whose arrangement references the patterns of Aurora Borealis, from which comes the design’s name. The design is the result of a complex composition, each band made of two layers of leather in different colours, which were then twisted to create eyelets of different dimensions and arranged asymmetrically over the pewter-finish aluminium frame. 

Sketch by Roberto Lazzeroni

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Lazzeroni’s design celebrates Giorgetti’s own leather craftsmanship heritage, highlighting the exquisite artisanal expertise of its team in sewing and finishing leather upholstery through a new creative expression. 

‘This is a useful complement to create small intimate spaces,’ observes Lazzeroni. ‘With Borealis, I wanted to design an object with a strong decorative value, which would tell of the craftsmanship of Giorgetti; strips of two-colour leather are sewn to a metal frame, in tension, and when they meet, stopped by a small manual stitching, they form very pleasant-looking bows.’

A full collection of furniture by Giorgetti will be presented in Milan in June 2022.

Detail of twisted leather

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Screen by Roberto Lazzeroni

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.