Rodolfo Dordoni’s table for Minotti is sculptural and bold
Mixing marble and metal, Rodolfo Dordoni’s sculptural ‘Marvin’ dining table for Minotti is inspired by architectural structures and declined into a variety of shapes and sizes to fit different living spaces
Minotti’s long-term collaborator, Rodolfo Dordoni has produced many iconic pieces for the luxury Italian brand, from the cubic ‘Suitcase’ armchair to the elongated ‘Connery’ sofa system and tubular ‘Sunray’ outdoor seating. Twenty years on, and the Milanese architect and designer – now the brand’s art director – shows no signs of slowing down: his latest design for Minotti, presented at Salone del Mobile 2021, is a bold dining table designed to fit anywhere, from private homes to corporate meeting rooms.
‘The ‘Marvin’ table has an architectural inspiration,’ says Dordoni. ‘I wanted a sculptural base, bold and sleek at the same time, with a precise geometrical design that could instinctively dialogue with a round tabletop, as well as with rectangular ones.’
Comprising a series of curved metal quarter circles, the table’s base comes in a satin-finish stainless steel or pewter-coloured varnished metal, with distinctive black inserts on the edges. The result is a pleasingly smooth piece that looks like a contemporary twist on a 1970s classic.
‘I chose precious materials for tops, and metal slabs for the base, each juxtaposed and softly bended in the centre, playing with different finishes to create a wide variety of ‘Marvin’ dining tables,’ explains Dordoni.
A wide variety indeed: the striking base supports a top available in three different options, including Bianconero marble, for a strong, ultra-modern feel; a more subdued Marron Damasco marble; or a brushed ash veneer surface with a black lacquered finish and a contoured solid ash border.
If that wasn’t enough, the table tops come in two different shapes, circular and rectangular, in three standard sizes each. For an even more bespoke solution, Minotti’s expert craftsmen will also deliver custom-made dimensions on request.
A final flourish is the ‘Marvin’ lazy Susan, a matching revolving marble tray with a contoured edge, sure to put an elegant new spin on dinner time. §