Mimesi, from the Greek “imitation”, is a project developed by Eclisse to create consistency and harmony among different elements in the same room. In particular, we are talking about the door element: this new product allows to combine a splayed hinged model with a pocket sliding door without external finishes. The central theme of Mimesi is functionality at the service of design, by taking into account what is necessarily the simple laying phase.
“Everything stems from a market demand: a couple of years ago we came out with the Eclisse 40 project, realised by the designers Lorenzo Ponzelli and Francesco Valentini and honoured with the Red Dot Award 2020,” Patrick Da Re, who is in charge of Research & Development at Eclisse, asserts. “It is our top of the range frame in anodised steel, characterised by a 40-degree splay. There was the need to match the sliding model, in our case flush with the wall, with the finishes of the Eclisse 40. Working closely with the sales department, we developed a profile with the same characteristics. If you have the Eclisse 40 model in one room and the Eclisse Syntesis sliding model in the other, thanks to Mimesi it is possible to create an aesthetic reference, characterised by a formal and chromatic rigour between the two”.
Mimesi’s profile is made up of six anodised aluminium rods, which can be cut to suit the size of the door opening and the thickness of the finished wall. Moreover, it comes in four finishes: white, light bronze, dark bronze and graphite bronze. “From a design point of view, the development was very quick,” Patrick Da Re explains. “We had to discard the first idea and redo the die, because the result did not aesthetically match the initial idea: we increased part of the profile to characterize the product”.
On the importance of details in planning, Patrick Da Re continues: “It sounds trite to say, but such a simple accessory plays a central role. From a technical point of view, the anodising process applied to such a thin and light element is not immediate and free from the risk of deformation: the six-metre slabs are hung and immersed in electrolytic tanks and then dried”.
The attention to environmental issues, which is now an essential feature of every sector, represents a key element in the definition and development of a project. “We are working on the use of water-based paints, with an eye towards improvement and refinement. This idea was born above all in response to the need to introduce ecologically compatible products onto the market. To this end, we have just inaugurated a new dedicated in-house painting department, because today more than ever it is necessary to be flexible and reactive in intercepting requests and understanding market reactions”.