True colours

Watch as Draga & Aurel’s latest furniture collection, ‘Transparency Matters,’ comes to life

Minimalism, Space Age design and Optical Art all influence ‘Transparency Matters’, a new handmade collection by Como atelier Draga & Aurel at Salone del Mobile.

Returning to Milan Design Week for the first time in over a decade, the duo convert H+ gallery’s Brera space into a retro-futuristic experience to showcase its latest collection. Comprising seating, tables, lighting, bookshelves, desks and room dividers, these are all created using coloured resin, bronze, brass, cast glass and vintage furniture in an inspired mineral palette.

‘The title of the exhibition has a double meaning,’ says Draga Obradovic. ‘Transparency matters: for us, it is the most important attitude. It refers to the transparent materials used in the collection – cast resin, glass and plexy – as well as our evolutions as designers. From transparency, we think of transformation, transition, transgression, transnational: all words that describe us and our more than ten years of working together.’

Two experiential zones will both mark a year’s experimentation with and demonstrate the versatility of these materials, from a light-filled central volume to a series of dimly lit private rooms.

Videographer: Jacopo Ambroggio. Writer: Luke Halls. ‘Transparency Matters’ will be on view from 9-14 April at H+, via Varese 12, Milan

See more highlights of Salone del Mobile here

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.