The Cappellini 2018 collection, on show at the Salone del Mobile, on a stand illuminated by a white light, Dan Flavin style, set out in a system of stacked boxes to create a sort of turreted mediaeval city, only goes to confirm the brand’s vocation for all things eclectic, for playing industrial and artistic creations off against one another, and contaminating a wealth of different cultural ideas.
The diverse new range of products comes from a large group of well-known international designers, including Tomek Rygalick, Werner Aisslinger, Jasper Morrison, Christophe Pillet, Carlo Colombo, Piero Lissoni, Nendo, Ronan&Erwan Bouroullec, Daniel Eltner& Alessandro Mendini, and Marc Newson, who presented a signed and numbered edition of his Felt armchair, created 25 years ago, but still one of the company’s icons. Patricia Urquiola has designed a hybrid product, a desk with integrated bookcase, available in two versions, in oak and in marble, known as terrazzo. Giulio Cappellini has redesigned his classic occasional table, Gong, adding a terrazzo top. The different varieties in terms of type and expressive feel have created a collection with a wealth of surprises, such as the Hard Dress armchair by Piero Lissoni, upholstered in silk satin, with bright gold zips and an embroidered dragon on the back; or the rigorous style of the desk/bookcase by Patricia Urquiola, which becomes more playful in the terrazzo version; graphic mirrors by Nendo, almost dematerialized objects, designed with a fine line that continues, seamlessly, to create shelves and tops, and the coloured vases/faces of Eltner and Mendini that delineate different, intriguing personalities in their concise features.