Sovet’s investigation into the qualities of materials, surfaces and minute details has produced a complete and defined image of the notion of essentiality in contemporary interior design.
Contrary to the more usual claims, minimalism should not be considered an exercise in reduction but rather one of modifying the principal figurative and expressive parameters. Reducing the element of sculptural articulation, other fundamental perceptive, conceptual and technological data emerge in objects: the details and the surfaces, the sensitive attributes, the immanence of the design concept. Starting with this notion, Lievore Altherr Molina have come up with a new range of furniture, Essential, for Sovet, the result of a creative process that extends that of the legendary Shapes collection. In a dialogue with the company’s artistic directors, led by Gianluigi Landoni, the Barcelona studio has conceived a wide range of furniture and accessories, characterised by their ability to bring together a vast number of material and finish variations, maintaining however always a unitary harmony, that makes it possible to create interiors that are integrated without being repetitive
Among the solutions presented at the last Milan Furniture Fair, the new ceramic marble-effect finishes Nero Marquina, Gold Onyx and Ceppo di Grè (a material widely used in historic buildings in Milan): also proposed in the stratified version with sheet glass, enhance the tops of the tables and side tables in the collections Slim, Palace and the new Kodo and Deod tables, The theme of material combinations is brought out also in the new Denver mirror in which the reflective evanescence of the surface is ‘restrained’ by the frames in marble-effect ceramic, that generate surprising lighting effects. Part of the same typology are the models Combi (customisable and adjustable), Visual (presented in new sizes) and Clessidra, conceived in collaboration with Studio Irvine. Other new products presented at the Furniture Fair for the Essential family include the Magda system of cupboards, featuring a structure that can be customised with same materials as the tops, that generate a powerful mono-material effect that is highly contemporary.
Sovet’s ongoing research into decor solutions that are both stylish and original has also led to the introduction of the new Helia display cases, characterised by a minimalist profile in metal and shelves in mirrored fumé or bronze, that creates an image of refined lightness. Alongside the chair collections Two Tone and Sila, the new Cadira chair was also presented at the Furniture Fair along with a new limited edition of the Autumn chair, featuring a special fabric covering, Pachisi by Dedar. Both these pieces match well with the side tables Piktor and Quadro (available in new dimensions). The latter collection has also been extended to include a console that characterises living spaces with its Materia and Liquid Glass tops: exclusive materials developed by Sovet thanks to their well-honed skills in terms of working with glass, and more in general, creative interpretation of all industrial processes and use of an extensive range of top-quality materials.
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