Haute Living Spotlight: De Castelli Tracing Identity
During Salone Del Mobile 2017, Italian Brand De Castelli introduced a collection featuring the designs of seven female designers.
Titled "Tracing Identity" De Castelli describes the collection:
"A project that involves seven female designers, different one[s] from the other for age, origins and approach, who have created a collection of metal furniture characterized by a strong emotional allure. Alessandra Baldereschi, Nathalie Dewez, Constance Guisset, Francesca Lanzavecchia, Donata Paruccini, Elena Salmistraro, Nika Zupanc have given value to metal and its potential, enhancing De Castelli finishes with empathic and narrative projects."
The result is a strong collection showcasing the talents of the designers and the De Castelli artisans.
Designed by Nathalie Dewez, Elizabeth is a cabinet in which you can hide curiosities and small objects. Elizabeth features a plissé like effect which adds to the feminine allure and rhythm of the cabinet. The polished copper finish creates vibrant and unique reflections.
Designed by Constance Guisset, the Volte is a stunning piece that proves designs in metal can also be warm and cozy. Graceful and feisty at the same time, the soft lines of the shelves are supported by two smooth lateral wings characterized by peculiar délabré copper shades. At the base, a drawer completes the ensemble. Volte is a strong piece which can be admired from every angle.
Designed by Francesca Lanzavecchia, Scribble is a collection of tables that aim to showcase the beauty of De Castelli metal finishes. Precious materials that express themselves through distinctive oxidations combined with a minimal drawing. The final aim of this project is showing the feminine and elegant soul of metal. Like essential and soft lines drawn by a paintbrush, these shapes create a sort of dance and suddenly turn into table tops ready to be used for elegant and vibrant compositions.
Designed by Elena Salmistraro, Polifemo is a cabinet, an innovative aesthetical version of a piece of furniture that everyone owns in their houses. Composed by a wood structure and a copper covering embellished by ornamental engravings, Polifemo is an unusual but unique piece of furniture that makes the difference showing its strong character.
Designed by Alessandra Baldereschi, Painting is a big screen that looks like a theater scenery. Dream-like landscapes on both sides, a night sky full of stars and rolling hills. The chromatic shades that De Castelli creates thanks to materials’ oxidation are comparable to colors on a painting. A metallic scenery: Polished steel for reflecting on a cloud, Brushed copper and délabré brass for hills at sunset, Greenspan like water, Délabré black iron for a night sky… Different configurations are permitted thanks to three movable shutters.
Designed by Nika Zupanc, the Longing cabinet of wishes makes a clear and current reference to old sideboards where biscuits and candies were usually kept away from children and locked up. The cabinet expresses the peculiarities of wishes through the selection of De Castelli copper finishes: for each compartment a key and a unique finishing that enhances the company's dedication to this precious material.
Designed by Donata Paruccini, Vomere is a table made entirely out of metal. An object that expresses lightness and freedom from strict formal schemes. The sustaining structure is unusual, asymmetric. The metal sheets characterized by rounded angles are wedged one into another, creating visible contrasts at the base, reminding of the shape of the orbital délabré copper top.