COMPENDIUM OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTEMPORARY CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS

BY: CRISTINA MOROZZI

VILLA CARCINA 12.12.2016

ART DESIGN

Ghidini Bosco of Villa Carcina, in the province of Brescia, belongs to Italy’s manufacturing excellence, thanks to their unparalleled manufacturing skills.
A specialist in die casting brass, aluminium and zamak, the company excels in combining advanced technologies and rapid prototyping with traditional craft skills. Their catalogue includes thousands of products, ranging from lighting fixtures to furnishing items, decorative items and handles. Since over 50 years the company has established close ties with international architects and designers to develop custom products and create classical and contemporary art items.

The entire production cycle takes place in-house and is characterised by a meticulous attention to detail: from the idea to the end product, passing through the various processing stages from pressure die casting to lost wax and gravity casting, from machining to drilling, from satin finishing to sand-blasting and polishing. These are the solid foundations of Ghidini 1961, a new design brand created in 2016 under the art direction of Stefano Giovannoni, who has put together a diversified creative team able to enhance the properties of brass, a valued material which features golden tones and reflections, pleasant to the touch for its warm and velvety surface, and so far unjustly disregarded by contemporary design. Being aware of the corporate potential, the creative team, which is skilfully led by Giovannoni, has developed a remarkable collection of items of furniture and accessories for daily use, which are characterised by innovative design, smoothed by classical and playful shades, consistent with the nature of brass. In this way, brass makes its debut in contemporary design, with ennobled rigour. The collection comprises works of art, where brass acquires an almost sculptural power, finely chiselled table accessories, bearing witness to Ghidini’s obsession for details. Designed by Andrea Branzi, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Richard Hutten, Elisa Giovannoni, Stefano Giovannoni, Studio Job and Nika Zupanc, the collection ranges from tiny ring cases to elegant furniture complements designed by Nika Zupanc, from Andrea Branzi’s illuminated console to Elisa Giovannoni’s large ceiling lightning fixture, not forgettinf the wall-mounted mirrors designed by the Campana brothers, which showcase the luster of brass in an unprecedented way.

The series includes almost all articles for use at home, which are interpreted in an unusual joyful way: a door stopper in the shape of a rabbit, with a skilfully rounded profile, designed by Stefano Giovannoni, who also created small desktop versions to be used as paperweights; a surreal champagne cooler in the shape of a large thimble, conceived by Studio Job and one with large circular handles by Richard Hutten, who also designed a coat hanger in the shape of a stem on which there are wide-open winged butterflies and a set of polygonal baskets; from paper bins to fruit bowls, all characterised by a geometric weave, made with such precision as not even to require any welding of the sides.

Allusion to nature continue with Nika Zupanc’s platters in the shape of palm leaves, characterised by an outstanding surface finish. Stefano Giovannoni’s rectangular anthropomorphic platters, where geometric shapes are softened by a series of “humans” who stand along the edges and also appear at the top of salt and pepper shakers, like a personal brand.

In its rich variety, the collection is a compendium of the most significant contemporary creative expressions, interpreted and enhanced by Ghidini’s skifull expertise and ability to interpret brass in all its possible shapes and finishes. www.ghidinibosco.com