Borgo by LaCividina, Design Antonino Sciortino
Borgo by LaCividina, Design Antonino Sciortino

On the one hand, the value of Italian handiwork, represented by LaCividina and its know-how that relies directly on the expertise of a territory, the district of Udine, that is famous for its woodworking and the production of chairs and décor complements. On the other, the impalpable creativity of an artist, Antonino Sciortino, who has brought new appeal to the ancient art of metalwork, mixed with his experience and his roots in Sicily. The result is a partnership that through a combination of crafts and forms of different but complementary knowledge, connecting Italy from north to south, gives form to a double collection that reinterprets the traditional role of the coffee table.

The collaboration between LaCividina and Sciortino, in fact, takes its cue from the variegated, dynamic world of furnishing complements, where free experimentation emerges from a very wide range of forms, materials and inspirations. Idda and  Borgo are tables that reveal the softer, lighter side of steel sheet, along with the technical prowess of the company, shaping complements with natural design and a sustainable character.

Idda and Borgo, opposites in terms of volume, are both inspired by Sicily, a place cherished by the designer: they combine the functional quality required to respond to changing needs in contemporary living areas with an artistic spirit that goes beyond appearances to deeply investigate the typical places and histories of Sicily.

Idda by LaCividina,
Design Antonino Sciortino

Idda, the name given by the people of Catania to Mt. Etna, is a table that suggests the overturned silhouette of the volcano, surrounded by twisting flows of lava. It is like a sculpture for interiors, thanks to the bands of steel sheet of different sizes, curved by hand and fastened together, on three or five crossed planes. The overall effect of softness is accentuated by the smooth welding points, as well as the palette of pastel colors selected for the two versions of the coffee table – 26 or 38 centimeters in height, with a respective maximum depth of 76 and 61 centimeters.

Borgo by LaCividina, Design Antonino Sciortino

Borgo, on the other hand, is primarily defined by a thin sheet of cut sheet metal for the top of the table. Its playful irregular geometric forms take their cue from Burri’s Cretto, the work of Land Art created by Alberto Burri in the 1980s, whose concrete blocks reproduce the map of the old earthquake-damaged city of Gibellina.

Strips of different forms and sizes seem to freely interact and overlap on the surface of the coffee table, creating small cracks that resemble the roads of the Sicilian town, all supported by slender steel rod legs. Borgo is available in bronze, copper and brass finishes, or in seven elegant matte colors. Three sizes and three heights, square or rectangular.