Porro @ Saatchi Gallery for London Design Festival 2019


From 19 to 22 September Porro was protagonist at the 2019 London Design Festival as part of the inaugural edition of I-MADE (Italian Manufacture, Art and Design Exhibition), the exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture, curated by renowned designer Giulio Cappellini and housed in Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery.
A true celebration of Italian innovation and craftsmanship, I-MADE brought together some of the biggest and most influential names in Italian design and display iconic works like pieces of art within the London gallery.
The exhibition was completed by the pure shapes and vibrant finishes which immediately distinguish the furnishings of Porro, the historic Italian design brand blending industry and craftsmanship with extraordinary mastery.
In the exhibition area, the rosso antico Metallico table enchants for the particular surface finishing obtained through a high thickness catalyzed painting, followed by subsequent phases of polishing and waxing done by hand, to bring out a vibrant color, with a play of lights and shadows reminiscent of oil painting. Its design is characterized by the lightness of the top and legs, made of a 12 mm thick solid aluminum sheet. The refined detail of the connection between legs and top the enforced technology used that allows to provide for rigorous lines and controlled thickness: the best and extraordinary elegant proposal. It is accompanied by Voyage chair with precise contours that draws inspiration from typical 1950s furniture, consisting of an exposed framework in tapered solid maple, with a leather covering that fits perfectly on the structure and gives shape to a very comfortable and ergonomic backrest and seat. Designed for storing and displaying rich collections, Ex-Libris glass cabinet is precious at the sight and touch as well. The glass sides and backdrops and the black painted aluminum uprights provide an industrial aesthetics embellished by the sophisticated finishing chosen for the base and the top in black sugi melamine, a dark wood texture with marked veins, to caress with your hands.

In the info point, the Ryoba table with its brass-anodized aluminum legs and black-stained European cherry wood top pays tribute to the naturalness of the materials and the beauty of imperfection. The triangular section legs with an important thickness create an easel on which the material top rests, 3 solid boards each one different from the other , carefully selected by the master cabinetmaker. The proportions of the table, narrow and long to match the natural size of the trunks, invite to a new intimate conviviality, while the exposed cracks and tiled knots underline the poetry of this beautiful traditional wood, which takes on new life and becomes contemporary. Of course the Neve chair in black-stained ash with rigorous but soft lines, astonishes for the frame of clear lines of different thicknesses, softened by the roundness of the spindle legs and the soft curvature of the backrest and suspended seat. Verde spring, verde muschio and giallo zolfo Sidewall vertical bookcases act as practical containers, choosing just some of the brilliant lacquers of the Porro’s palette, to obtain the favorite mood.

To complement the main exhibition, Giulio Cappellini will curated the “Take a Seat” exhibition, a satellite showcase paying homage to those who have shaped the history of seating design. Here it will be exposed Ghiaccio low and comfortable armchair, enriched by a fabric soft cushion. Ghiaccio stems from the great success of the Neve chair, thus recalling its contours. Rounded lines of shaped legs follow the back and arm bending, matched to the more regular upholstered seat shape, making it ideal beside the fireplace, for an object of desire that offers new point of view on the world.