ALPI presents new wood collections designed by Kengo Kuma, The Campana Brothers and Piero Lissoni at Interzum 2017.
The new ALPI 2017 wood collections, presented at FuoriSalone in Milan last year continued at Interzum defining original concepts – evocative, warm and tactile – in the reproductions of wood with innovative, visual and dynamic graphic designs.
ALPI continues its tradition in the creation of exclusive wood patterns through a fascinating and advanced production process, where pure innovation blends with meticulous tailor-made craftsmanship, enhancing the design freedom and aesthetic impact of a living material like wood.
The elegant aesthetic of Piero Lissoni generates new, exclusive wood patterns: Ikat reproduces an original graphic image, while the Xilo 2.0 collection has been expanded with four new versions: Xilo 2.0 1-Flamed, Xilo 2.0 2-Flamed, Xilo 2.0 Planked-Flamed and Xilo 2.0 Striped XL.
“Ikat” comes from the Malay word “mengikat,” meaning “to tie,” i.e. the traditional dyeing technique where parts of the yarn are protected by tight bindings to keep the dyes from reaching them, while the other parts absorb the color. The weaving of the yarns thus treated creates a particular design known as “ikat,” generated by the intersection of warp and weft, which becomes the creative impulse behind this new ALPI collection that features simple and slightly blurred geometric motifs, combining subtly similar or delicately contrasting hues. A transfer of textile art onto wood that stimulates new aesthetic and perceptive sensations, translated as facings in the domestic context.
In the new Legacy collection coordinated by Piero Lissoni ALPI focuses the identity of the material at the center of its research achieving the objective of reproducing the essence of the wood. This new collection contains lost woods like ebony, teak, wengé, rosewood and zebrawood, species that are threatened with extinction, whose use is therefore practically banned.
The creations of Kengo Kuma, Maritime Pine and Japanese Cedar, narrate the expressive identity of the material in its primordial state, through exploration of the force and ruggedness of nature: therefore bark is utilised as a communicative sign that embodies the essence of the material, becoming its most outstanding characteristic.
Maritime Pine reproduces the bark of this species, a thick substance split by deep cracks, with segments of irregular form, varying from warm reddish tones to cold shades of light grey.
The cedar tree, always a symbol of longevity and majesty, on the other hand, has bark that varies from red to brown, skillfully reproduced in Japanese Cedar, also in terms of the alterations that happen as the tree grows: in the section closer to the roots the bark appears smooth, becoming more furrowed and vertically split towards the top of the tree.
The lines of graphic design defining the innovative and original creation Sushi by the Campana Brothers, who defy nature to generate a dynamic, dreamy pattern.
The Sushi collection gets its inspiration from the design of the collection of the same name created in 2002 by the Campana Brothers. This innovative covering technique calls for different types of fabrics, rugs, felt and rubber to be rolled together to create spirals that clad the products, generating an unconventional and very particular effect.
The graphic decoration of these swirls is reproduced on ALPI wood, conserving its geometric and dreamy harmony, and is offered in two chromatic versions, in brown and slate grey, with contrasting details in gold for the former, and silver for the latter.
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