One of the most successful furniture design brands thanks to its research on finishings, refinement of line and the technical quality of its details, Porro celebrated the 90th anniversary’s important milestone in 2015.
Founded in 1925 in the Brianza area, by tradition the Italian cradle of high-quality furniture manufacturing, today Porro is an international brand characterized by an intrinsic ability to select, work and interpret wood, offering an incredibly wide and accurate range of finishings and using it in unexpected ways by implementing cutting-edge technologies for glossy and matt lacquers alongside fine woodworking techniques of the past.
A true patrimony of the company, the wood selection is renewed every year and is personally managed by the Porro family – with their corporate background and expertise on the material – together with Piero Lissoni, who, as an architect and designer, continuously provides new inputs and applications. The viewpoint of the designer and that of the tailor intertwine into a one-of-a-kind palette: an incredible range of 16 solutions in which anyone can find his preferred wood type and use it at will in systems and parts of the collection.
Throughout the years, the company has also been able to reinterpret important traditions such as carving, wood bending, inlay and the combination of wood strips placed side-to-side in a modern and abstract way. Among the results, there are outstanding and award-winning projects such as the chair Gentle – “Best Seating 2013” – and the chest of drawers Mikado – “Best Furniture 2014” at the EDIDA, ELLE DECOR INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS.
The celebrations for the 90th birthday, gone on throughout 2015, started in December 2014 with the presentation of a collection of wooden spinning tops designed by Piero Lissoni at Porro Milanese showroom.
The 5 models, with alternate colour tones, theme variations coming in several combinations of materials and woods, were handmade, by turning the 16 essences of Porro’s collection, with the simple yet precious taste of daily, handmade objects and of artisanship.
Carrying on this course of research on the material and starting from the theme of "containing" typical of its work on systems, Porro celebrated the important milestone of its 90th birthday with a collection of wooden boxes designed by those who over the years have contributed to the success of the company, invited to freely use the 16 essences of the new collection of Porro woods playing with shapes and experimenting with particular modes of opening.
Among the designers giving their contribution Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, Front, Gamfratesi, Piero Lissoni, LucidiPevere, Alessandro Mendini, Neri&Hu, Elisa Ossino, Christophe Pillet, Soda Des/gners.