The designer Luca Nichetto discusses his installation and products for De La Espada at the exclusive location of the Design Republic Commune, home to the inaugural edition of the Festival of Design, which is running for two weeks starting from 6 March in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.
Yesterday, one of the events in the festival calendar took place in the location designed by Neri&Hu in the alternative Jing’an District: the Luca Nichetto Design Talk, a discussion in which the Italian designer talked about his creations for the partner company and also concentrated on the philosophy of Nichetto Studio, which promotes ongoing research in different areas.
Nichetto’s installation presents an innovative analysis of colours, the theme pursued for a long time by the Studio, while the new Stella Armchair is consistent with the rest of the Stella Family created by the designer for the Portuguese brand, combining fibreglass with top-grade contemporary materials; the soft lines, visible fibreglass casing and stylish design make the armchair versatile and adaptable to different settings.
Nino and Steve are two ottomans that match with the previous Nichetto collections: the first is linked to the Elysia lounge chair, the Studio’s launch product for De La Espada, while the second is more versatile with its three sizes and features a visible vintage style structure. Similarly, the Nino ottoman has a wooden skeleton and is inspired by fifties American design, like Marlon, a coffee table characterized by contrasting features: a slim marble support connected to a sturdy top, which can be disassembled and easily transported.
The final piece of the collection presented at the festival was Kim, a welcoming coffee table set, made up of three elements that are sold separately, which share a simple design and traditional materials: thus in an eastern country Luca Nichetto’s design remains consistent with the rest of his production.