Fire According to Patricia Urquiola, Michael Geldmacher and Paola Navone

Three new projects designed for MCZ

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Fire According to Patricia Urquiola, Michael Geldmacher and Paola Navone
02/04/2019 - The MCZ brand has decided to bring major international designers together to design three of its new products for 2019: on 31 March, in Milan, the stoves by Patricia Urquiola and Michael Geldmacher and the fireplace cladding designed by Paola Navone. ‘Working with designers with extensive experience in the furniture industry has allowed us to bring fire back to the forefront of the latest living trends,’ explains Andrea Brosolo, Marketing Director of MCZ Group.
 
The designers involved were keen to take part in this project, since the fire sector is a novelty for all three of them and because of its interesting emotional content and environmental sustainability issues. The final result is a sophisticated and advanced reinterpretation of an object combining aesthetics and technology. An architectural perspective by Patricia Urquiola, who designed the Wall stove for MCZ. A poetic and essential reinterpretation by Michael Geldmacher, who designed the Reflex stove. Paola Navone, who was entrusted with designing the Sahara fireplace cladding, has an unconventional and material approach.
Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola has turned a stove into an architectural object with Wall
Designer Patricia Urquiola makes her debut in the fire sector with the Wall pellet stove, designed for MCZ. For the Spanish designer, working on the project was an extremely stimulating experience, since she has always made sure that the products she designs are environmentally sustainable. ‘In recent years there has been a major shift in thinking in the pellet stove sector,’ Patricia Urquiola explains. ‘These heat sources are neutral in terms of CO2 emissions, and this is crucial for us.’ In order to characterise the stove also as a decorative object, she decided to go for a minimalist design. A very simple cylindrical element, without front ventilation grilles, is placed next to a linear shape that rests against the wall. For the special design of this structure, entirely made of Black painted steel, Patricia Urquiola came up with a simple but innovative solution to conceal the pipes and the technical connection elements of the stove.
Wall by Patricia Urquiola

Wall by Patricia Urquiola

The simplicity of Wall is enhanced by a unique and very attractive detail: the base. ‘The base is an element that connects to the home, turning the stove into a furnishing item, and therefore transcends its formal simplicity,’ she explains. In addition to Black steel to match the structure, it is available in various natural materials, such as stone, marble terrazzo, wood or cement. The opportunity to choose between finishes that have such different textures is a detail that adds character and charm to the whole house. Wall is a stove that you can control directly from your smartphone. ‘Pellet stoves are smart objects designed to interact and communicate with us. These conversations with objects will soon become more and more common in our homes,’ she concludes.
Michael Geldmacher

Michael Geldmacher

Reflex: an emotional take on fire by Michael Geldmacher
Reflex, the new pellet stove designed by Michael Geldmacher for MCZ has a strong emotional impact, which transcends the product itself and involves all those who look at and experience the flame. To explain the concept behind Reflex, Geldmacher quotes Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. As the French author wrote in “The Little Prince”, ‘it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’ Indeed, with Reflex you can’t see the flame directly, but you can feel it and sense its glow, which adds to the atmosphere of the fire. Michael Geldmacher explains: ‘If I think of a fire-lit cave at night, I instantly get a feeling of conviviality, safety and warmth. These are the emotions I intended to convey with Reflex.’
Reflex by Michael Geldmacher

Reflex by Michael Geldmacher

Made entirely of steel, Reflex has a door with vertical blades that conceals the firebox and therefore blocks a direct and full view of the fire. What you can sense is the glow of the flame, which is perceived differently according to the viewing angle. Another glass door allows you to have access to the brazier, which is high and deep, creating a vertical flame. On the left there is the pellet hopper, with a door mounted on the top. The door with blades is painted Black. The side and upper door are available in Black, for an even effect that matches the grate, or painted Gold, for a two-tone contrast.
Paola Navone

Paola Navone

Sahara: the fireplace cladding designed by Paola Navone is inspired by North Africa
Sahara is a cladding for front fireplaces, designed by Paola Navone for the MCZ brand. It is made of glazed terracotta zellige tiles, available in white or grey. ‘We have translated the magic of fire by using an unconventional, delicate and decorative material, which we are particularly fond of and often use in our interior design projects,’ designer Paola Navone explains. Zellige is a type of hand-moulded natural clay from Morocco. A vitrified glaze with a pearl effect is applied to kiln-baked clay. The distinctive feature of zellige is its irregularity: each tile is unique and differs from others in terms of shades, brightness or transparency of the glaze. ‘The iridescent hues of the glazed surface,’ Paola Navone explains, ‘reveal the poetic and somewhat flawed beauty of handmade objects.’
Sahara by Paola Navone

Sahara by Paola Navone

The cladding was designed in such a way as to frame the fireplace in an uneven way. Navone wanted to create a surprise effect. ‘It is as if the tiles had unexpectedly appeared during renovation, peeling the surface layer of plaster from the wall,’ the designer says. ‘The heat source, that is, fire, also emerges almost unexpectedly from the cool ceramic surface.’ For Paola Navone, approaching a field that was completely new to her, that of fireplaces, was unexpected and proved to be brimming with innovative solutions. Sahara can be combined with the Vivo 90 Wood wood-burning fireplace and its pellet version, Vivo 90 Pellet.


MCZ GROUP on ARCHIPRODUCTSWall by Patricia Urquiola

Wall by Patricia Urquiola

Reflex by Michael Geldmacher

Reflex by Michael Geldmacher

Sahara by Paola Navone

Sahara by Paola Navone

Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola

Michael Geldmacher

Michael Geldmacher

Paola Navone

Paola Navone

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