Milan 2018 – At VenturaDome, the Ventura Projects‘ head quarters in Via Paisiello 6, a velvet tent creates a cocooned atmosphere where to discover Iconic Handicrafts, the new collection of Mingardo. Developed by young designer Federica Biasi, art director of the Italian design brand, the furniture series features sating-glass lamps, a “light” library, a soft armchair and architectural coverings.
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“Metals reign and marry new finishings and decors. Each piece is exquisitely handcrafted in Italy and highlights a neat and essential approach to design.” Explain at Mingardo.
Déco suspended lamp by Federica Biasi features two satined-glass globes with minimalist metal details. Soft volumes dialogue with curvi lines, opal and shiny surfaces meet. Valerio Sommella designs Dome: satin-glass dome encasing the lighting source tops a linear brass structure creating an architectural glowing column.
Biasi created also Marianne, a sky-to-ground – library made from iron holding structures and glass shelves which covey an elegant sense of lightness. The armchair Minima by Denis Guidone plays with an iron structure dialoguing with the soft volume wrapped in bespoke handcrafted textiles.
On show also three new brass covering designs developed by Federica Biasi and Dutch textile designer Mae Engelgeer which feature patterns inspired by Art Deco motifs. The pieces highlight Mingardo’s strong link with architectural interiors. Indeed, the brand had the opportunity to experiment and collaborate with Italian Maestro Carlo Scarpa to create finishing and architectural decors for some of his works.
In 1970, Ilario Mingardo founded his Carpenteria Metallica in Monselice, near Padua. Over the years, the blacksmith workshop has collaborated with renown architects and important institutions. “My father always told me: if you need something, do it with iron!” Says Daniele Mingardo, the 25 years old son of Ilario, who founded the eponymous design brand in 2013. The company re-imagines a deep-rooted craftsmanship expertise in collaboration with young talents, starting from the new art director Federica Biasi.
All photos by Matteo Imbriani – Courtesy of Mingardo.