i 4 Mariani BIRD

Office desk / meeting table

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i 4 Mariani

Mariano Comense, Italy
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Office desk / meeting table


The top tapers on its short side to the minimum thickness that is structurally possible. The shape is that of a stork’s beak or any other bird withan elongated, exaggerated beak thrusting out like a sword, a blade or a standard. The cylindrical legs open out fan-like at the bottom into slendermetal structures with a gently curved conical section, like the legs of waders. The profile can thus be compared to that of a heron in the fields of the Povalley plain, immobile with its beak thrust forward and all its body weight resting on a thin leg, which broadens its support in the water with longerand increasingly more slender feet. Leather natural, black, white. Glass, maple wood, steel, natural materials for a design that is based on zoomorphicand landscape images. The cabinets, in apparent contrast, are built around complex shapes alternating wood, leather and metal, as if in an abstractcomposition reminiscent of Mondrian interiors, but also similar to far-off glimpses of that same landscape flown over by long-beaked birds, wherethickets of poplar trees, fields and rice paddies with their fragmentary property divisions seen from above, create complex, highly modern geometries.

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