The elegant combination between East and West – Andrea Bonini designs Zero 02.12.2019
Turri presents the Zero collection designed by Andrea Bonini. This family of furnishing accessories skilfully translates the company’s new decidedly more modern philosophy. Zero is a project created to bring out clean lines, elegance and formal balance without the over use of decorative elements, focussing instead on the choice of materials and their skilful craftsmanship, on which Turri is based.
“To design the collection’s furnishings, I sought to combine the essential rigour of Eastern style and the elegance of the Italian tradition, merging graphic elements and refined details, simple shapes and detailed artistry”, notes Andrea Bonini. “In addition, the various products, in my view, contain subtle references to the flexibility and attention to detail found in the works of Vittoriano Viganò and Carlo Scarpa”.
One example is the shelving unit, embellished with elegant details including a curved-glass side that, in addition to creating a mingling of reflections, produces a fascinating play on spaces and volumes, which lightens the structure and renders the piece more unique. Then, inside, a marble element with a metal edge divides the area. The furnishing is completed with double doors covered in leather, the metal handle that runs the full length of the door, and the legs, which are deliberately doubled to emphasise the play of lines and to create an additional, subtle decorative element.
The TV unit is slenderer, yet just as elegant, comprising a long central glass cabinet with marble top and two side storage units. The juxtaposition between upholstered elements and metal structure reappears in the
collection’s sofa, with its clean overall design and soft components supported by a satin metal structure finished in light platinum. The side table and coffee table bring movement to the living room, playing on the
intersection of surfaces in different finishes, embellished with details that only barely reveal the underlying metal frame. The console table completes the room. This piece of architecture has clean lines and a marble top in Fantasy White with metal edging.
The Zero bedroom is modern with an urban feel. The bed sets the scene, with its slim, linear structure and light tones offset by a large headboard, which is enriched by a play of levels and a striking central stitching motif, like a signature. The chest of drawers and the nightstands echo the same “architecture”, with surfaces and lines intersecting to create full and empty spaces. The rounded drawers lighten the effect of the pieces, as do the details in gold metal. All the elements are covered, including the interior of the drawers, which even have thin padding. The same style marks the dressing table, with an indipendent optional mirror with marble base, which can be placed as desired.
Andrea Bonini’s references to major architectural designs are particularly apparent in the dining area. The table, with a sculptured base formed by the intersection of two wings covered in leather, features a metal element and no decorations. The product stands out for its craftsmanship, highlighted by the sophisticated artistry of the upholstery that runs along the lines of the base. The top, supported by a thin metal band that recalls the other components of the collection, comprises a single Fantasy White marble slab. The matching chairs are rendered unique by the upholstery of the body, decorated by a stitched motif on the front and by a tail of upholstery on the back to cover part of the legs, the ends of which are cleverly echoed in a shiny metal detail. Impressive and compact, the glass cabinet has an architectural feel, lightened by the smoked glass that reveals some marble shelves with metal edging.
The Zero collection comes with a range of accessories: lamps and rugs with a powerful decorative effect. The table lamps, for example, are made out of glass set at different heights, with a sculptural effect, like ornaments. Similarly, the slender wall lamps with different finishes create unusual light effects and reflections. The pendant lamp, a sophisticated reference to the works of Alexander Calder, is based on the circle, with several discs linked by thin metal arms, which can be arranged as desired.
The rugs, with beautiful yarns and available to measure, feature the simple, geometric figures of the other furnishing elements. Lines and circles are repeated in clear symmetry, thus accentuating the idea of balance of form expressed by the entire collection.