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This year Pedrali introduces two new collaborations with the German designer Sebastian Herkner and the Anglo-Italian Robin Rizzini.
The partnership with Sebastian Herkner gives rise to a new collection, Blume – drawing inspiration from the concepts of elegance and sophistication. Featuring a soft and rounded shape, both chair and lounge armchair have a distinctive flower-shaped profile in extruded aluminium. The steel structural element, placed under the seat to strengthen the chair and to secure the legs, is removable – meaning all the product’s components can be disassembled and disposed of at the end of their life cycle.
The collection is complemented by a set of coffee tables featuring the seating’s flower-shaped profile. Available in various heights and sizes, the Blume tables may be combined to create different compositions.
Robin Rizzini’s work stems instead from his research into innovative materials and production processes. His designs centre on coherence and rationality, rejecting every design redundancy and the use of unnecessary materials, both in terms of quality and of quantity.
The collaboration with Pedrali gives life to a new functional and expressive product: Toa, a table that combines a technical-industrial style with the decorative. Lightweight and minimalist, the Toa table is characterised by a solid die-cast aluminium frame in a fluid geometric design, suitable to support large sizes tops. Main features are its tapered bridge legs made of die-cast aluminium, which are thinner at the base and widen up towards the “T” element that supports the top.
Thanks to its modularity, Toa table is available in a variety of widths and depths and in a wide range of finishes – suited in particular to both living areas and workspaces.
Pedrali have also revealed the Ila armchair, designed by Patrick Jouin. ‘During the design phase, we wanted to include some ‘unexpected’ elements, capable of providing rhythm, yet surprising and able to interpret a space. Ila is in fact a small sculpture,’ says Patrick.
The smooth, taut exterior in rigid polyurethane almost cocoons the user, allowing a moment of mindfulness during everyday life. This sense of protection is augmented by the inner side of the backrest and seat in flexible polyurethane foam, which adapts to the human body. Ila’s versatility lies in the possibility of choosing a geometric and swivelling central base in the shape of a cone section, whose inclined design evokes dynamism and lightness, or a four-legs steel tube frame available in different colours and finishes.
New outdoor furniture is also presented in the new collection, including Panarea, designed by CMP design. Inspired by the Mediterranean coastline, the armchair and lounge armchair are traditionally hand-woven in Italy as a sign of respect for and dedication to Italian craftsmanship. The wide and curved backrest is woven in polypropylene cord which creates an original geometrical pattern and wraps around the tubular steel frame as far as the armrests. The lounge armchair comes with a wide seat and a high backrest.
The successful Reva collection, designed by Patrick Jouin, characterised by soft lines and generous sizes, has been enhanced with a new version: Reva Twist. An elegant three-seater sofa and lounge armchair feature four tapered legs in die-cast aluminium placed at the extremities of the perimeter frame in extruded aluminium. The steel backrest and armrests are woven with a flat rope in weather-resistant polypropylene, for a more natural appearance. Soft cushions on frame add further comfort.
The Italian’s ongoing collaboration with the Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet continues with Remind chair, which adds a new element to the collection first introduced in 2018. Drawing on the curves of the wooden chairs of the late 19th century, the new design is functional, versatile and relatively small – suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Babila XL meets a growing demand for environmental sustainability, adding a new element to the family designed by Odo Fioravanti, that fits harmoniously within a collection poised between tradition and innovation. The inspiration behind Babila XL remains the alternating rational and straight lines with curves in order to create a link between the artificial world of industrial products and the natural, sinuous world of the human body. The Babila XL armchair with a polypropylene shell stands out for the large dimension of its seat and armrests. The aim is to offer greater seating comfort thanks to the removable lining that, recalling a woman’s dress, may be cleaned with ease.
In order to support the environmental sustainability that is a focus of a company’s philosophy, Pedrali has also introduced new versions of products made entirely from recycled material: 50% from plastic material post-consumer waste and 50% from plastic material industrial waste. Remind and Babila XL in recycled grey are the first Pedrali products made from recycled polypropylene.
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