Minotti and Rodolfo Dordoni refresh the 1990s Suitcase armchair design

Minotti and Rodolfo Dordoni refresh the 1990s Suitcase armchair design

It was in the late 1990s when architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni first collaborated with Italian furniture behemoths Minotti. As far as creative relationships go, this was certainly one of Minotti‘s most successful. Soon after in 1998, Dordoni took the helm as art director. Now, 22 years on, Dordoni is rethinking one of his most important designs from his Minotti repertoire.

‘It was minimal with a slightly different twist and interpretation,’ Dordoni speaks in the film above of this inaugural design for Minotti, ‘Suitcase’. A sincerely modest yet statement design, it was originally built without thinking about comfort. The brand wanted to realise a cubic armchair, focusing on the geometry of the structure and how it could allude to the silhouette of luggage. Described as ‘provocative’, Suitcase marked a turning point for the brand – Dordoni was ushering a thrilling new energy into the Minotti ethos.

Subtle changes have been made to modernise Suitcase into a contemporary piece that launches at Salone del Mobile. Dordoni has been stripped the four chrome feet, securing it firmly to the ground for a cleaner finish. These chrome plates appear to have been given a new purpose: to outline the base of the design on each edge, but with a new brandy-hued finish.

Suitcase 1997 by Minotti
Archive image of the original Suitcase design

Retaining its blocky cube shape meant manufacturing methods for the revolutionary design have not changed much either. Dordoni admires this constant high-quality fabrication: ‘Coherence has been and still is one of Minotti‘s core elements,’ he muses. ‘After more than 20 years we realised that, despite our significant evolution, our character, our rationality and our design approach have not changed. We only made it stronger and stronger over time’.

Unveiling at the Rho fairground, Suitcase’s new 2019 persona ‘Suitcase Line’ arrives in an abundance of opulent fabrics and finishes, allowing this slight yet smart revision to thrive in multiple environments. §

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