Imponderable mechanisms of mental association, activated by the wellbeing of the body and the beauty that stimulates emotions. These reactions are triggered when you sit on the armchairs and lounge chairs of the Panarea collection by Pedrali, which suggest lightness, that of the breeze on the island of the same name, with its terraces facing the sea. The same lightness which the designers at CMP Design have infused in material terms in the collection, looking back on a time that seems suspended, serene.
The weave of polypropylene cord forms an ample back – made by hand, 100% Made in Italy – is a tribute to tradition and craftsmanship. An archaic beauty, the modern reinterpretation of man’s most ancient technique, where utility and correct form blend in a single identity. The crafting of the woven parts, where the cords also cover the framework in steel tubing, coated for outdoor use, happens in collaboration with a company specialized in fishing nets, creating not only a decoration with a triangle motif, rigorously made by hand, but also a functional mechanical tension that supports the lower back, for greater comfort. The same cord and color, in different variations, form the seat cushion, generating chromatic and material continuity. The seat is padded with expanded polyurethane that sheds water and dries rapidly.
The collection confirms a sort of ‘love affair’ between Pedrali and CMP Design, now at its tenth family of (all different) furnishing complements in 8 years of collaboration. The secret? “The design starts with dialogue – the trio of CMP say – it is an attitude that belongs to us, and above all to the company. From the prototyping phase with the craftsmen, the technicians and workers, the project involves an incredible quantity of different ‘heads,’ and the design is the process that catalyzes the ideas contributed by many people, making them converge in unity. Along these lines, we have seen extraordinary things develop, an exchange that happens inside Pedrali not just in the design phase, but across the entire year. For us, the effort is to remain open to these stimuli, to make them merge into a form that is engaging for everyone. All the way to the end user.”
Brown Acropol hotel, Athens
Il Gattopardo, Lampedusa, Italy
Photo © Giorgio Baroni
Babel Babel restaurant, Nice
The results of this idyll also include the Tribeca and Nolita collections, selected to furnish evocative public spaces. The Greenhouse café inside the Vaeshartelt Castle in Maastricht, with the Tribeca chairs and stools in tones of pink and terracotta, or the terrace in Madrid at the Room Mate Macarena hotel. Or the Gattopardo Hotel in Lampedusa, immersed in Mediterranean aromas, with pieces from the Nolita series from which to enjoy the fine view of the turquoise water.