Tibidabo. Woven Rope as Graphic Sign

10th anniversary for Calvi Brambilla's outdoor collection for Varaschin

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Tibidabo. Woven Rope as Graphic Sign
24/07/2019 – Braided and woven rope constitute a timeless outdoor classic: this year Varaschin is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Tibidabo collection, designed by Calvi Brambilla

The origins of the Tibidabo collection hark back to the year 2009, when we had the idea of using the typical VARASCHIN rope in a different, linear and more simple way.” - the designers Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla explain. “We began sketching out a sofa, then chairs and tables, daybeds and sun loungers: its the overall structure of the Tibidabo collection that has importance to us, the manual weaving of the rope that coats the metal frame, but also the purity of a graphic design drawn with a pencil.



For both Varaschin and the Milan design duo alike, outdoor furniture is a great field for experimentation and research: designing a wall-less living room is quite an exercise in creativity. Here each piece of furniture must dialogue directly with the external environment that surrounds it, whether urban or rural, without neglecting the functional and practical aspects.

The inspiration came from the children's book “Drawing a tree” by Bruno Munari. Starting from the graphical scheme of a plant and how it grows, Munari teaches how to design various types of trees: a simple line, representing the tree trunk, multiplies in a regular and proportional manner to finally form the crown. © Varaschin

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We thought of transferring this scheme of natural growth to a white sheet and wrapping it around the cushions. The surprising result was a combination of essential elegance and utter simplicity which resembled the highly graphic aesthetic of black and white illustrations.”

The Tibidabo collection was born out of the will to design “outdoor living spaces”, considering them as real domestic spaces while highlighting their peculiarities. The common thread of this large furniture family are horizontal stripes, broken and shaped by a graphic pattern of vertical lines, and a design obtained by weaving the synthetic fiber with increasing density from bottom to top. © Varaschin

© Varaschin

By increasing in number the horizontal stripes are engendering different shapes, taking the form of chairs, high and low tables, sofas, armchairs or sun loungers. They are the syllables of a formal language that, once vocalized, makes up a collection designed for relaxing alfresco.


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