‘Tra le Briccole di Venezia’ is a project initiated by the Italian manufacturer for high class solid wood furniture Riva 1920. 29 important figures in the world of design, of art and of fashion were invited to process an object that is an iconic part of the Venetian scene: the Briccole, the oak mooring posts that rise out of the lagoon. Eroded by the tides, the posts are given new life in the projects of these designers and transformed into objects of art and usage.
Riccardo Arbizzoni created this bench, a ‘Divan’ by simplpy carving a bearing surface into the massive post.
“For many centuries the city of Venice was a gateway to the Orient, with which it had woven a dense and continuous fabric of dialogue highlighted by cultural and commercial contacts which still radiate in the diaries of Marco Polo.
Our project is inspired by the concept of the meeting point, a seat in a special setting, the entry point of oriental traditions. We relate the concept of the divan as a meeting point with its other meaning in the Eastern Mediterranean of customs house, which is nothing other than the less pleasant aspect of the contact between different cultures, ethnic groups and nations.
Our idea was to express the natural potential of the Venetian briccola as a meeting point. So we thought of proposing the concept of it as a natural seat”, the designer explains.
“The briccole of Venice have 100 lives; just dig beneath their bark and you’ll find its soul”, comments Mario Botta on his beautiful and iconic, cone shaped stools and tables.