Nicola Gallizia: “Let me tell you about the new collection for Oak”

The new creative director recoups precious materials from the 1920s and 1930s, like parchment and galuchat, for interpretation in a contemporary collection

Metronome Collection di Oak
Metronome Collection di Oak

“With Metronome Collection we look to the world of music, in two senses of the term,” Nicola Gallizia, creative director of Oak explains regarding the line named after the device that sets the tempo in music. “On the one hand, it is a choral, polyphonic collection, where all the pieces and styles enter into harmonious dialogue; on the other, the metronome marks time, one of the main values of Oak, a company that now has a very contemporary rhythm, in line with new expectations for living.” Fine craftsmanship and a tradition of manufacture become the foundations for a new family of furnishings featuring refined but never ostentatious details, created for today’s homes.

Metronome Collection di Oak
Metronome Collection di Oak

“I like to talk about the elegance of simplicity, combining the brand’s incredible workmanship and precious materials, and proceeding by subtraction and simplification of forms.”  Among the materials, parchment was “used in the 1930s and then forgotten, though it has amazing delicate texture and visual depth, because it absorbs dye in a way that is not uniform; we have brightened it with new hues, like the beautiful ultramarine blue version. The format of these skins is very small, so they are deployed with geometric lines that add dynamism to surfaces, as you can see in the petroleum blue console, or the round red table. We have used galuchat, another very special leather popular in the 1920s thanks to the fashion maison Hermès, as the protagonist of surfaces with geometric simplicity, which stands out in the joints of these ray skins.”

Metronome Collection di Oak
Metronome Collection di Oak

Unique furnishings to respond to the desires of even the most demanding customers: “Today we have a very well-informed, young audience, with great buying power and independence of tastes, people who reject standardization and are not willing to accept overly accessible branded products; they are looking for exceptional, hard-to-find, crafted pieces, precious but never garish, with fresh, fascinating contaminations – exactly what Oak has to offer.”