News october 2020

Porro's never-ending research efforts on shapes, materials and technologies, performed side by side with its Art Director, Piero Lissoni, result in new evolutions of the modular systems, that are increasingly becoming true living space architectures. From the electrification that is embedded in the system, thus entirely eliminating wires and making light the protagonist, to the development of special mechanisms that allow doors to move and close – turning into doors to secret rooms and backstage – up to the introduction of new materials: this year’s research focuses on utmost flexibility and visual purity, for unique and unrepeatable bespoke solutions to be designed every time with the end customers according to their individual and personal desires. At the same time, Porro combines its expertise with the creative energies of designers, in an exchange between cultures and styles that enriches the brand’s collections with new classics and future icons. The concept of luxury is redefined by sobriety, rigour and continuous experimentation on designs and finishes, resulting in items that are on the borderline between art, decoration and design.

Modern cabinet system, design by Piero Lissoni + Porro Research Centre
In the Modern cabinet day system, this year’s research focuses on the idea of “all full”, to create entire equipped walls that perfectly blend into the architecture and are used for storage, but – when necessary – open up to reveal secret niches. Capturing the eye, a large hanging composition is lifted off the ground and combined with a Verde Rameggiato marble board which leaves a large space in the lower part, to be used for a window or a fireplace. With the visual effect of an entirely closed and tightly-packed wall, reminiscent of the traditional Japanese home, this very large storage area in black sugi melamine is enlivened by the nice graphic interplay of the doors made of heat-treated oak, a strongly textured wood in contrast with the soft green shade chosen for the interiors of the glass cabinets – with a metal frame painted in the same colour – which emerge as contemplative voids in the composition. In the centre, perfectly hidden, the TV compartment pops up only in moments of leisure, thanks to the new large vertical sliding door in black canneté. An architectural solution with a strong scenic appeal that offers maximum capacity and utmost customisation.
Storage system of wardrobes and dressing rooms, design by Piero Lissoni + Porro Research Centre
This year, the Storage system of wardrobes and dressing rooms has been renewed by a new impalpable material: light. The result of Porro’s technical expertise is the new wireless lighting system, where electricity is transmitted through electrified bars inside the structure and hidden from view. All technical details are designed by the brand and fully embedded: the shelves become lighting fixtures and the light can be adjusted by choosing between 2 different temperatures. A technical enhancement aiming at absolute visual purity, that makes Porro wardrobe experience even more intense and exciting. As the real core of the home, the Storage 2020 dressing room features fully transparent, open or closed spaces with glass doors alongside compartments closed by white cherry wood back panels, a light melamine finish that mimics the cherry wood grain, softening the rosy nuance with more neutral and universal tones. For the structure and the metal parts, the cuvée finish is chosen, a refined and precious colour that contributes to making the composition look lighter.
System bookshelf and equipped wall system, design by Piero Lissoni + Porro Research Centre
The System bookshelf and equipped wall system is softened in its size and through precious applications, changing its look through a new material and handcrafted design, i.e. the woven straw inserted on the back of the Grande Luce module. As a precious traditional material reinterpreted in a modern minimalist key, straw becomes officially part of the range of Porro materials, whereby a small and very refined collection is selected: 4 versions in 3 colours – black, sand and linen – for the back panel of the System Grande Luce module, for a total of 12 designs. The large horizontal composition in eucalyptus wood combines an elegant and convenient base element with drawers with a long shelf on top, where you can place your TV set and various objects as you wish or sit comfortably on the optional quilted leather cushion, an empty space in the middle with a back panel covered in woven straw – featuring a delicate and non-invasive texture that perfectly matches wood – and the transparent glass elements with an iron frame above, perfect for displaying rich collections inside. The LED lighting creates a magical interplay of light and shadow, enhancing the impact of this small piece of home architecture.
Slide door system, design by Piero Lissoni + Giacomo Cattaneo
In 2020, Porro also introduces a new concept of dynamic interiors and of creative living, which focuses on the contamination of spaces by turning from separation to open view in an instant. New in the Porro catalogue are the Glide sliding doors, large custom-made wings characterised by a metal L-shaped profile painted in black, white or cuvée, that provides a frame to other materials. From the clarity of transparent, smoke or reflex glass, enclosed by a graphic profile with the detail of the applied handle, to the warmth of wood – Porro’s preferred material, which allows to design large single-material walls with a built-in handle by selecting one’s favourite wood type, up to the full colour of Porro glossy and matt lacquers, without forgetting the melamine finishes that combine high resistance and refined textures and ensure perfect uniformity even to the widest and most articulated compositions. Different solutions to choose from or combine together in evocative overlaps, for a transformative and permeable home that follows the changes in lifestyles and relationships, combining taste and innovation.
Load-it bookshelf system, design by Wolfgang Tolk + Research Centre
Designed by Wolfgang Tolk in 1995 and characterised by protruding shelves that cut through the space, the Load-itbookshelf system is a classic Porro item that has managed to maintain its strong iconic appeal over the years. An ingenious project, now completed by lighting, for which an ad hoc solution was developed. New is the small and compact adjustable spotlight for Load-it, which illuminates the objects displayed on the shelves in a technical and museum-like, precise and spectacular way. Designed by Porro and made exclusively for the brand, with an on-and-off touch system and a warm, dramatic light, it can be placed anywhere along the electrified profile under the shelf thanks to its magnetic connection. A real light in black painted metal, so meticulously detailed that it evokes the world of fine watchmaking.

Pascal table, design by Piero Lissoni
Slim but very robust, the Pascal table adapts its look to suit the personal taste of those who choose it for their home, a restaurant or an office. Already presented in wood and cement, with the new top in Sahara noir marble contrasting with the industrial wing structure in die-cast aluminium, it shows its luxurious soul while remaining loyal to Porro’s minimalist style and contemporary look.
Romby padded chair, design by GamFratesi
Geometric allure and retro-styled design are the key elements of the new Romby armchair by GamFratesi, with its abstract charm. The truncated cone base in solid ash wood, natural or black stained, whose flared shape is obtained through slices made with great cabinet-making skills, is connected to a soft and compact padded swivel seat covered in leather and fabric. Perfect in a dining room or in a working environment with a cosy atmosphere, as well as a stand-alone element, Romby is a cocoon armchair with impeccable proportions and workmanship, which embraces the body while leaving it free to move, enveloping it with a feeling of great lightness. A project that fits perfectly into the Porro universe, which has always been characterised by minimalist designs and great craftsmanship.
Materic table, design by Piero Lissoni
Piero Lissoni takes up a contemporary classic from the Porro catalogue, the Materic table designed in 2017, and freely reinterprets its key concept – the combination of 2 geometric shapes made of different materials. The table changes its look thanks to an upside-down assembly, where the solid ash typically used for the base is now used for the top – a dark textured surface interrupted only by the flush tray in the middle. The conical base is skilfully made of metal, burnished brass or stainless steel, resulting in an extraordinary visual impact in-between glamour, industrial and futurist look. An array of possible combinations that Materic seems to be able to reproduce endlessly, revealing the evocative power of materials and the brand’s ability to process them.
Curry sofa, design by Piero Lissoni
Resulting from the transformation of the Curry daybed presented in 2018, the new Curry sofa with reduced depth is ideal in a lobby, in a waiting area or to play with several models placed next to each other to create independent islands for relaxation. Featuring a geometric matrix, with a trapezoidal shape, it draws inspiration from the East: the structure in solid black stained ash becomes the frame for the backrest in black dyed woven straw – a perfect combination of design and craftsmanship that reveals the essence of the new Porro 2020 creations.

Left board, design by Piero Lissoni
Designed for the living area, with its eye-catching black-stained hemlock surface and the special inverted T-shaped metal foot, the Left board combines minimalist shapes with sophisticated details, for a versatile, universal item.
Byron bed, design by Piero Lissoni
Fascinating lifestyles, special finishes, concrete emotions: Porro brings its very personal style to the bedroom as well. A textile bed with an intimate and compact shape, Byron consists of 3 elements: the padded bed frame slightly raised from the floor, the soft headboard cushions where you can linger reading before falling asleep, and the screen at the bottom of the bed that seems to embrace the space and protect the rest. The lines are soft, the edges rounded, with the sophisticated detail of the screen with a black-stained solid ash frame that encloses a straw weave featuring a graphic black and white houndstooth pattern, in a balance between contemporaneity and memory, concrete and abstract.
Styling Set, design by Elisa Ossino Studio,
execution by CooperativAlice / Cometa / Orizzonti

Last but not least, Porro completes its universe with the new styling set designed by Elisa Ossino Studio, in which every single object is the result of an aesthetic choice, but also of a reflection on today and tomorrow. Housing sculptures, molecular shapes, paper geometries, abstract paintings, books with textured coverings: exquisite props designed by Elisa Ossino and made by laboratories chosen for their social and environmental sustainability. From the clothes for the wardrobes made by the Alice cooperative, which runs tailoring workshops inside the San Vittore prison in Milan with the aim of re-integrating women in need, to the wooden objects made by Cometa, which involves children with more or less severe disabilities, to the vintage objects of the Orizzonti cooperative for the employment of people with mental distress. If the furniture industry is required to undergo a radical transformation in the next few years, adapting its creativity to the changing world, Porro already feels a strong push to innovate its development model and to experiment, as shown by this new project, in which every detail unleashes a love for things done well and the will to improve, in small but determined steps, and with a firm delicate approach, the world around us.

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