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    Salone Del Mobile 2019 : Elemental with BassamFellows

    BassamFellows’ latest collection of work, debuting at Milan Design Week, reflects inspiration from prosaic, elemental and naturally occurring materials.

    BassamFellows Cross Table Detail Photo Credit Dan Martensen

    News - 10.04.2019

    For Salone Del Mobile 2019 BassamFellows’ presents their classic designs reimagined in in materials and finishes alongside their latest collection of work, reflecting inspiration from prosaic, elemental and naturally occurring materials. The resulting pieces are an expression of how thoughtful manipulation of stone, wood, metal and leather can create something erudite and powerful.  

    The Elemental collection is about purity of shape and form, with nothing superfluous added. For the Milan presentation BassamFellows has created a tranquil exhibition space within rough concrete gallery walls. Raw-effect oak wood screens and panels painted in a deep, dark Prussian Blue first formulated in the 18th century in Berlin, separate and highlight the different materials into distinct zones.  

    “For some time, we have been fascinated by the history of stonemasonry in Italy, specifically in the region around Val Camonica, one of the largest valleys in the central Alps,” Said Scott Bassam. “For over 100 years this has been home to Moncini, the stonemasons that we collaborated with on a range of new benches and tables, rooted in traditions that go back generations, but executed in a totally contemporary way. The valley where Moncini are based is also the area with the largest collection of petroglyphs in the world. The simplicity of line of these prehistoric markings on stone intrigued us – they decorate the material’s surface with such a light, but also permanent, touch.” 

    A keen eye might notice the simplicity of one particularly powerful graphic informed this latest collection.  

    The cruciform, commonly known as the cross. One of the most basic, natural and harmonious visual arrangements in the canon of design. Its roots are, of course, in theology and folklore. It is elementary, strong and visually

    pleasing. When transformed into something three-dimensional, it can be uniquely elegant, retaining a lean mass, but offering something more expansive than just a simple line. When presented as a group, three dimensional cruciform are both rudimentary and analogue, but also erudite, like the most striking minimalist sculpture. The cross is the simplest sign, but also perhaps the ultimate – a motif stripped down to all that is essential. 

    The Cross Table Series - The simplicity of the cruciform shape lends itself perfectly to the key structural element of a table – in engineering terms, it is almost impossible to better the dynamic. These designs are about stripping things back to basics, paring down things visually to what is fundamental.

    The Plaza Collection - a paradigm of “elemental." Each piece of this new collection of tables and benches, produced in association with Moncini in Italy, each piece is created using the same concept – single pieces of marble carved and shaped to create an elegant modular element A single element is used for occasional tables and plinths, a half element is used as a single leg for benches and tables.

    New Materials - Several new materials make their first appearance within the new collection for 2019. The classic Daybed and Tractor Stool in Black Oiled Walnut. The Circular Series Tables and Geometric Side Chair are shown in Raw Effect Oak. As well as these two new woods, we also present a new metal finish – a richly coloured oxidised gunmetal.

    As always, “craftsman modern” was the overriding philosophy for all of BassamFellows’ work. These pieces may appear simple, but they are the result of painstaking study and evaluation. Every effort was made to preserve the inherent beauty of the materials we used. In some cases, the shapes look more ancient than timeless, as if they may have been excavated from Val Camonica. At the same time, they are wholly contemporary. See the new collection at EXITS Gallery Via Varese 14 Milan 20121 April 9-12. 

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