Living Divani's desire to instil new genres, materials and balances into its portfolio of geometrical, light, comfortable furniture has seen them tread a path of recent years defined by international openness and talent scouting among a new generation of designers. This year the firm is further extending this project by turning its eye towards distant horizons, seeking contacts, inspirations and key ideas from around the globe.
Among the new finds for 2012 is the young Italian designer Mario Ferrarini, born in 1978, who shapes the unbroken line of his stool-table Kalè using Cristalplant, a cutting-edge technological composite material. The stool-table intends to "bring to mind celestial worlds through a space-age habitat made of purified forms developed around the simple geometry of a circle." The object is softened with a round cushion, which sits asymmetrically on the splayed seat, transforming the table into a stool. Kalè is designed to be used alone or to enhance an existing setting, and is suggested for use in small groups.
The second series on show is a collaboration with Singapore based duo Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui, from Studio Juju, presenting Rabbit and Tortoise. This family of low, occasional tables alludes to the world of childhood and cartoons, and to the stylised shapes of animals drawn by children. The set comprises seven tables, each a different shape and size, to be arranged so as to create flow within their space, resulting in "an experimental experience shared by the people who sit around the curves and use them in their everyday life".