Different, but united

One sums up a technical-industrial language, the other a love of craftsmanship: Robin Rizzini and Sebastian Herkner are the new, talented professional counterparts along the creative path of Pedrali

Blume by Pedrali, Design Sebastian Herkner
Blume by Pedrali, Design Sebastian Herkner

Two distinct creative approaches, those of Robin Rizzini and Sebastian Herkner, in collaboration with the company Pedrali, which carefully selects its designers, bringing out their various personalities in a rich, diversified range of production.

The universe of Sebastian Herkner – named ‘Designer of the Year 2019’ by Maison&Objet, Guest of Honor at imm Cologne 2016, and winner of many prizes – is guided by a passion for craftsmanship. An attraction to the world of tradition, but combined with new production technologies to create high-quality pieces that age very gracefully. His work, based on sensitivity and an identity that enhances details and functions, goes perfectly with the enthusiasm and pragmatism of Monica and Giuseppe Pedrali, at the helm of the company, giving rise to the Blume collection.

Blume by Pedrali, Design Sebastian Herkner

Blume by Pedrali,
Design Sebastian Herkner

A tribute to the designer’s German roots – Blume means flower, in a decorative reference – but above all a refined expression of convivial moments. The series includes a chair and a lounge chair, and a set of tables in three heights and sizes. The slim frame and polyurethane foam filler of the upholstered pieces form a harmonious whole, making the seats extremely soft and comfortable. A structural part in steel placed below the seat adds strength while fastening to the legs, making disassembly easy for correct disposal of the parts at the end of the product’s life. The coverings and finishes offer exceptional versatility: anodized aluminium in tones of silver, black, brass and bronze, Breccia Aurora marble in the Fior di Pesco or Rosso Levanto versions, black Fenix with white Arabesque or black marble effects.

Toa by Pedrali, Design Robin Rizzini

Toa by Pedrali, Design Robin Rizzini

At the opposite extreme, we find Robin Rizzini, from Genoa, with years of experience in the studio of Antonio Citterio in Milan. He is interested in innovative materials and production processes. His goal is to create objects that are exceptionally coherent and carefully thought out, rejecting the idea of redundant design, or the use of materials that are not necessary in terms of quality and quantity. For Rizzini, the results should be essential, function and expressive. “I have always watched Pedrali with great interest, waiting for the chance to design something for them – he says. – The company has all the features of the great Italian brands: creativity, humanity, organization and manufacturing precision. I am very pleased with this first step we have taken together.”

The ‘step’ is called Toa, and it is a table that is a tribute to his native city. Light in appearance, it has a sturdy aluminium structure, also to support large tops. The bridge legs in die-cast aluminium, also in contrasting colors with respect to the top, the modular sizing in width and depth, and the wide range of finishes, make this table suitable for various uses: from residential to contract, all the way to the office.