Opinion Ciatti presented itself to the 2016 Salone del Mobile with a collection where the details and production processes used are inspired by the city of Florence, with its inimitable historical, cultural and artistic heritage. #FollowYourRoots2016 concept Lapo Ciatti starts where it all began: Florence and its history. Florence as an open-air museum where even the tiniest detail, a hidden feature or the memory of a historical event can be the source of new inspiration, a new product or a new finish.
Degabello “La grande sgabellata” – stool by Lapo Ciatti
A historical event, the elimination of the Imperial gabelle in 802, inspires the first of the new products by Opinion Ciatti. According to a legend, the origin of the Italian word for stool, sgabello, comes from the popular uprising, known as the “La grande sgabellata”, caused by the introduction of a gabelle that suddenly replaced the 17 gabelles that the Empire had only just abolished. This curious philological interpretation originated Lapo Ciatti’s idea to transform the simple and popular medieval stool into an elegant and contemporary object.
Batti.batti – suspension lamp by Stefan Krivokapic
The name of this ceiling lamp by Stefan Krivokapic is inspired by a stage of the process in which metal is forged. In the Medieval days, the Tuscan blacksmiths used full iron rods that were first heated and then beaten (in Italian battuto) to achieve the required three-dimensional shape. The same technique is used today to make unique pieces characterised by minimal shapes and fine finishes, a perfect “fusion” between past and future.
FIRENZE – carpet collection by Sebastiano Tosi & Lapo Ciatti
The carpet collection is a result of the collaboration between Sebastiano Tosi and Lapo Ciatti. It invites us to look up and allow beauty to inebriate us. The inside of the Medici Chapels, the ceiling of the Church of San Lorenzo and the courtyard of The Bargello Palace are the incredible subjects of a series of six carpets in tufted velvet, an absolute novelty for Opinion Ciatti. A change in perspective, an invitation to softly step on surfaces that would otherwise be inaccessible.
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