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Interview at Salone del Mobile 2016 – Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona FrauTuesday 12 April 2016
CovetED team met Roberto Lazzeroni at iSaloni 2016 for a presentation of his latest projects, a partnership with Poltrona Frau. Roberto Lazzeroni is an Italian designer that studied art and architecture in Florence, taking an increasing personal interest in the phenomena of conceptual art and radical design during his years of training. Roberto Lazzeroni has enjoyed an extremely dynamic professional journey that today sees him involved in various projects, and able to boast prestigious collaborations, art direction and interior and contract design in various parts of the world.
Tthe entire perimeter, meticulously rounded, seems almost floating thanks to the unusual and sinuous connection to the base. The solid wood legs, with the triangular cross-section characteristic, look tapered and light. The traditional dining table becomes an elegant and stylised sculpture. Nabucco is available in three different sizes. The version with the rectangular top is available both in wood or marble.
Inspiration for the Suzie Wong bed comes from romantic comedy films in the fifties and, even further back, sumptuous alcoves from the 1700s. Roberto Lazzeroni gives us a light, feminine, almost twee version. The reference model is the classic boat bed, streamlined in a very modern makeover. It stands clear of the floor, lightly balanced on stiletto-heel tapered feet, covered in leather with brass caps.
Even more sophisticated is the version with the bedhead wrapped in quilted leather, embroidered with refined geometric stitching, a subtle reminder of the details typical of tailored and leather goods.
Suzie Wong is upholstered in Pelle Frau leather from the Color System, Nest or Heritage lines. The headboard frame is in solid beech wood e birch plywood, padded with polyurethane foam. The two shaped sides are in moulded polyurethane foam. Side panels in tulipier wood, with light polyurethane foam padding. Footboard in poplar multilayer the two corners in moulded polyurethane foam. Exposed feet in solid beech covered in Pelle Frau leather to match the headboard, footboard and bedframe. The back of the headboard can be entirely covered in leather or Poltrona Frau jacquard cloth.
Roberto Lazzeroni has also designed Diva chair, a natural evolution of Vittoria chair, which this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary. A remake of a great classic, Diva chair is a timeless product in its own right. The purity of the design finds its matrix in aesthetic elements that are profoundly linked to the history of Poltrona Frau and immediately recognisable. The curled top on the backrest is a stylised reference to the classics.
The folds on the corners of the seat as well as the biconical springs for suspension are coming from a long tradition. The light and dynamic lines of both the frame and the wooden legs narrate the modernity of the Diva chair.
The seat frame, padded in polyurethane foam and polyester wadding, is in birch plywood. The shell is in moulded rigid polyurethane. Base and legs are in wenge or moka stained solid ash wood whilst for the backrest padding are in moulded polyurethane foam and polyester wadding.
Fidelio is a collection of storage units for any room in the home, designed by Roberto Lazzeroni. Low cabinet for the living room. Chest of drawers, tall boy and bedside table for the bedroom. Deliberately lean design, precious materials. Functional details become highly characteristic aesthetic elements, such as the recessed handles that
provide interesting graphics on the surfaces. Intense contrast also between the dark, warm hues of Cuoio Saddle Extra leather and the wood covering the outside and the bight explosion of the very pale natural maple used inside the compartments and drawers. Formal minimalism and sophisticated finishes for an across-the-board collection, an easy match for all the Poltrona Frau furnishings yet with its own very defined personality.
The low cabinet has a supporting frame in solid ash and birch plywood with moka coloured ash veneer. The system of compartments and drawers creates an alternating balance of empty and solid. The unit stands on a solid ash easel structure emphasising its visual lightness, perfect for living areas.
The Fidelio bedroom units are more compact, to provide all the storage space needed in this room. The supporting frame is in solid Canaletto walnut and birch plywood with Canaletto walnut veneer.
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