ARTISTIC METAL CASTING
Even today the casting of brass or bronze is carried out through an ancient and sophisticated process in sand mold, from which the piece is extracted and undergoes a subsequent phase of finishing and polishing.
Taking inspiration from lacquering techniques handed down by past generations, Cornelio Cappellini’s “master decorators” have developed new decorative effects to be applied to the surfaces of some items, such as Bridge storage unit. The exclusive lacquering “textile texture” effect perfectly shows this artistic skill, which is still present in the company and applied to our collections with contemporary design.
SCULPTURE AND MINIMALISM
For the first time, in its continuous search for new materials and new construction techniques, Cornelio Cappellini has used “concrete”: a completely unusual choice in furniture manufacturing. This material is molded completely by hand, to create legs of storage units and poufs, giving them an amorphous look. The irregularity of the surfaces creates an elegant contrast with the other materials used in combination, such as metal. The results of this handmade technique are masterpieces so appreciated by contemporary art galleries, such as the pieces of Blade collection, intended for customers always looking for unique products.
Piece by piece, the master-craftsman inlays and combines with each other several smaller and smaller circular ash wood tiles, creating real artworks without depending on industrial machinery processes. This technique is used exclusively for some storage units of Grant collection.
Through its “master decorators”, Cornelio Cappellini continues to offer its own personal interpretation in the use of resin combined with other materials. In the collection of table Lineup, the resin-based finishing process plays a dual role, inspiring both preciousness and uniqueness. Each table top is unique, always different from the previous ones.
The skillful manual ability in metal engraving is inspired by a technique of Italian luxury jewellery. In the armchairs of Faraday collection the artisan-artist has been able to soften the austerity typical of a metal structure, making it lighter and more elegant.
This handmade technique, inspired by the nature around us, is the result of the designer’s artistic expression. A thin sheet of metal is modelled on a supporting structure to create a surface with a strong three-dimensionality, emphasized by a chromatic treatment that enhances its texture. This texture is available in different chromatic shades for the tables of Cheope collection.
The decoration technique used for Otto table top is expression of the artistic ability that has always been present in the company. A very thin sheet of metal is molded on a surface decorated with Beam drawings, interrupted diagonally. A complex process of resining makes the surface smooth, keeping its three-dimensional visual effect.
For many years the company has collaborated with the Masters of glass art in the area of Venice. The collection of tables “Miller” highlights the great skill of these artists, who have learnt the ancient techniques of Murano and have handed them down from generation to generation. The glass top was born from the desire of the company to experiment with a completely unconventional product, reinterpreting a millennial tradition in a modern key. The production difficulties of a pouring process aimed at obtaining a large and thick glass top makes this piece a unique element. The top looks smooth to the touch on the upper surface but it is given a “visual sense of movement” by the reflections in the lower surface.
The leather upholstery of a curved surface is the expression of a great manual skill, able to shape this natural material. This technique is clearly visible in Cannes armchairs and sofas, where a series of elements in curved multilayer wood, with oval-shaped section, are covered in leather by skilled craftsmen.
Embroidery is the craft activity through which a design is recreated with needle and threads on different types of fabrics or leathers. Once this difficult decoration was entrusted to the expert ”hands” of a tailor, while today it is realized through extremely sophisticated automatic machines, which are able to reproduce the most complex motif. The soft rhomboid embossed embroidery that characterizes sofas and armchairs of Hug collection is the perfect expression of Cornelio Cappellini great tailoring skills.
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