‘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.
We all remember Riva’s beautiful giant ‘Kauri’ table made from ancient timber. At this year’s imm cologne the Italian manufacturer presented an equally poetic project: ‘Le Briccole di Venezia’. 22 renowned designers and artists were asked to work the ‘Briccole’, posts made of chestnut oak arising from the Venetian lagoon, into objects. One impressive example is the table by Matteo Thun. The massive wooden planks corroded by tides turn a simple everyday object into a narrative piece of history.
Table by Matteo Thun for Riva 1920
During this year’s Milan fair from April 14th through April 19th Riva 1920 will showcase all pieces in an exhibition at the Triennale, Viale Alemagna 6.
At this year´s Salone del Mobile the Italian manufacturer Riva 1920 created a surprise with a range of massive solid wood monoliths made of giant trunks of cedar wood. Karim Rashid managed to handle the compactness of the material and created the rather delicate armchair ‘Kairo’.
Reflecting on the experience of designing KAIRO, Karim Rashid says: “When I designed the KAIRO chair for RIVA 1920 I was guided by the woodworking process itself used to produce a piece of furniture from a simple block of wood, with the objective of removing the least quantity of wood possible from the trunk.
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