A leading brand in sustainable furniture design, Naturedesign is now in its third generation and continues to explore ways to shape modern furniture from centuries-old wood. Based in Cerea near Verona, Italy, Naturedesign is now led by Thomas Franco, who has created a new collection using traditional Italian craft techniques.
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This year, the brand showed at Salone del Mobile Milano at Milan Design Week 2022 with a new collection of materials, including reclaimed rare woods paired with stone, leather, glass and metal in new designs. The company explores the region’s traditional crafts, for example using traditional glassmaking from Murano.
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Take the ILL table: the top is made from reclaimed wood from centuries-old architecture, treated with non-toxic, sustainable paint and placed on a base made of glass cast on cast iron molds. This technique gives this sustainable material the solid structure needed to hold up such a large piece of furniture, making it exceptionally strong.
The Waterfall table is made entirely of glass, to celebrate the transparency and lightness of the material. The River sideboard is made of reclaimed wood, glass and leather.
The lymphatic table has a curved shape that evokes biomorphic forms. Naturedesign uses these pieces to explore not only the structure and form of reclaimed materials and traditional craftsmanship, but also to explore new concepts. In this case, the Lymfebordet explores a new concept of comfort.
Nature design uses natural materials, artisanal processes and a low environmental impact supply chain that extends to transport designed to limit CO2 consumption. In addition, pieces from this new collection are designed to be packaged plastic-free.
Some pieces in the new collection, such as the Sail table, explore movement, in this case the unfolding of sails. Meanwhile, the Waterfall table has a unique stone-like finish on top that creates textural contrast for a unique experience.
Naturedesign’s chairs, such as their Bay Wood armchair, are relaxed and modern with a sophisticated aesthetic. Soft upholstery and curved seat are paired with straight wooden supports for a mid-century modern look.
The company also makes a unique bookcase called the trunk that hooks into the floor and ceiling for a floor-to-ceiling open shelf that can be used front and back and can curve slightly to fit unusual spaces like curved reading nooks and library corners.
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