New leaf: Visionnaire’s Salone del Mobile collection is a Breath of fresh air
Forever seeking out the new, Italian furniture behemoth Visionnaire is turning to new designers, aesthetics and material concepts for 2018. The Bologna-based brand has added designers Roberto Lazzeroni, Marco Piva and Armando Bruno to its roster of talent that created products debuted at Salone del Mobile.
With its new collection, titled Breath, Visionnaire builds on its reputation for luxury craftsmanship while taking its visual cues from the East. Milan-based designer Alessandro La Spada has created the ‘Akira’ chandelier from organic petal-shaped silhouettes that form botanical patterns when illuminated. Plants are also referenced in Mauro Lipparini’s ‘Xavier’ modular sofa, with a leaf print stitched into its textured quilting.
The Asian inspiration continues in the ‘Marty’ low table and console by Piva, in which a warm palette of brass and tinted glass merges with natural stone. ‘My studio has particularly addressed the complex subject of light, trying to propose shapes and surfaces that can generate light efficiently and excitingly,’ Piva explains.
The strong and earthy hues that pepper the collection nod to Chinese film director Zhang Yimou’s scenography in House of Flying Daggers (2004). ‘I was interested in creating a cinematographic experience in the new collection,’ explains Eleonore Cavalli, Visionnaire’s art director, describing the visual narrative as ‘rich in shade and contrast’.
An element of theatre is evident across the range. Lazzeroni chose a dramatic dark wood, which almost looks burned, for the soft contours of his ‘Nomos’ drawers and bedside table, while La Spada’s ‘Kerwan’ table elegantly contrasts grey marble with brass-coloured steel. Meanwhile, Fabio Bonfá’s use of pink velvet in his ‘Ripley’ bed, takes us back to the 1970s.
At Salone del Mobile, Visionnaire created a multi-room installation as a stage for these eclectic wares. Set inside a contemporary loft, the 900 sq m exhibition brought the collection to life in some style.