CIRCLE OF HARMONY
Natuzzi Italia has invited eight contemporary designers to join the Circle of Harmony, creating a unique blend of designs that pay homage to the Mediterranean lifestyle.
utmost attention, the collection
is here to embrace and protect you,
to help you stop for a little,
to become your true home. Beneath
the waves there is always an ocean
of peace. Objects are balanced in
their forms, timeless in the nature
of the materials, endless in the
possibilities for change
Deep is closely linked to water and its fluid nature, with voluptuous lines that are reminiscent of the ebb and flow of the tide. Its seats come in a variety of different shapes and depths, lending themselves to countless combinations and infinite compositions with the other elements.
Nika Zupanc redefines the world of interior design in her own personal, poetic and distinctly feminine fashion. Her objects defy rationality and create an intimate, emotional and intuitive dimension. Her visual language aims to “communicate things that cannot be said”, pushing back the frontiers of materials and possibilities to breathe life into refined pieces that have been meticulously crafted and curated. This is why Elle USA used the words “punk elegance” to describe her work. Her installations are on display at the most important art galleries in the world and are often the product of partnerships and special projects, like that with the Rossana Orlandi Gallery of Milan. She takes an eclectic approach that bridges the gap between art and design and, over time, this has led her to take on interior-design projects that she follows from A to Z, curating them down to the tiniest detail with a sophisticated aesthetic packed with motifs and references that turn up everywhere in true Giò Ponti style. Her holistic mindset helped to bring about the encounter with Natuzzi, as it is in perfect keeping with the brand's “total-harmony” philosophy. And so, a collection came into being that focuses on waves, their visual impact and the inner mood they create because each piece has been devised for life seen as an emotionally-charged experience and a dwelling for the soul. A collection you can find yourself in, lulled by the reassuring familiarity of the sea and the eternal beauty of Mediterranean nature - a source of shared inspiration for Natuzzi and Zupanc.
by shapes in the design world.
There is the need to open new roads.
With Natuzzi we worked on poetry,
transforming the infinity
symbol into an attractive
a curvy sculpture which slides
upon itself becoming a restful sofa,
with comfortable seating
and a chaise longue
in the central part."
Infinito came into being thanks to the idea of cross-pollination and to an almost impossible challenge - taking the core aesthetic of one of the most powerful symbols for the human race and turning it into an object that has a strong symbolic value for Natuzzi - the sofa.
Marcantonio’s research constantly blurs the boundaries between art and design. His personality and work are both a fusion of a love for art and one-of-a-kind pieces; his design objects are meant to be part of an everyday household and their dual nature is bound by his utterly free creative thinking. With a strong sense of humour, a love of nature and his own personal vision of contemporary design, he has produced pieces of work that have already become modern icons. His vision and poetic approach are perfectly summed up by the words: “Design teaches us to draw, but it is from art that we learn how to have ideas. We are crammed with shapes in the design world, and, I think that either we move towards applied design technology, which will always make sense, but that is not my field, or we move towards poetry.” He has definitely chosen the latter pathway and he draws inspiration from anti-academic and visionary figures like Ingo Maurer and Gaetano Pesce. Marcantonio sees in them the concept of “impure”, crossed- fertilised and playful creativity which ensues from the constant intermingling of the most varied sectors, from pop-art culture to storytales and from primitive art to comic strips, where the differences have their own intrinsic worth and are in contrast with the concept of design purity. This same intrinsic worth has always underpinned Natuzzi’s design vision. This is why (for the new Circle of Harmony collection for which design blends are a cornerstone) Pasquale Junior Natuzzi “challenged” Marcantonio and his creative mind for this co-venture with the brand, involving him in a project which is, on the one hand, almost an impossible feat and, on the other, the best way to bring out that marvellous inner world which transpires from each artist/designer’s work, imbuing it with an unmistakeable unique feel.
Traveling is a way of looking
at the world. As I travel
I store colors, shapes, materials,
sensations, looks in my head.
There is always something
different and unexpected.
When a project is born,
the elements needed to create
the new idea come to life,
almost by magic."
Drawing inspiration from Homer’s Odyssey (Argos is Ulysses’ dog and the first to recognise him when he comes back to Ithaca after more than twenty years), Paola Navone dreamt up a collection which lovingly awaits our return home ready to welcome us, soothe us and give us warmth.
Paola Navone It was in the late ‘70s that Paola Navone made a name for herself on the international landscape, being, as she was, as a key figure within the Alchimia group (the most avant-garde set on the Italian design scene) and working alongside names like Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi and Alessandro Mendini. Very much a citizen of the world, she is insatiably curious about other cultures (especially Oriental ones) and looks to travelling as a means to fuel her imagination and find inspiration; travel is what gratifies her most, and, in addition to habitually crossing geographical borders, she also customarily pushes back frontiers in other areas. In the course of her extensive career, she has slipped effortlessly from one professional role to another (art director, designer, architect, essayist, interior designer, teacher and curator of exhibitions and events), displaying not only her aptitude for an extremely exciting eclecticism, but also the prolific nature of her work. All the colours and flavours (discovered, adored and experienced) of the Southern hemisphere emerge from her work, yet are tempered by the styles and shapes of a rich Western tradition. And it was her love for the traditional and classical forms of home furnishings that led to the first partnership with Natuzzi in 2010 when the I Fondamentali collection came into being; this was a set of armchairs and sofas which drew inspiration from historical drawings that we are all familiar with, but were refreshed with a modern spin. Forms known to us, but softened and redefined with small sophisticated details which turn them into timeless objects, blurring the line between past and future with a subtle tongue-in-cheek twist. This range became a Natuzzi Italia style icon and a permanent part of the collections. It is a prime example of timeless harmony - as is her new project which responds to Pasquale Junior Natuzzi’s invitation to join the Circle of Harmony and create a collection which is a blend of unique designs and a tribute to Mediterranean lifestyle. A theme which she interpreted in her own supremely unique way, as you would expect from a designer who is quintessentially cosmopolitan and relentlessly seeks out new worlds as well as fresh materials, forms and structures.
a contemporary sofa are increasingly
minimalistic and the public is expected
to have the required sensitivity
to be able to judge them.
This is the only possible explanation
as to why so many classic models
continue to abound in homes all over
the world. New Classic was born
with the aim of bringing these
two worlds closer together."
New Classic, Fabio Novembre's reworking of the classic Chesterfield sofa has been given a contemporary urban feel and carefully designed with a harmonious blending of round and square shapes and volumes. A piece that instantly brings to mind visions of Apulia with its unforgettable atmosphere and timeless harmoniousness.
Fabio Novembre has been a leading light in the international design industry for over twenty years due to the visual power and iconic nature of his style. Marked by a highly recognisable visionary approach, his work has received a series of accolades and mentions in publications over the years. He has been scientific director of the Domus Academy and served on the scientific committee of the Design Museum at the Milan Triennale since 2019. Novembre and Natuzzi not only share a bond with Apulia which is a “motherland” and muse for both of them, but they also have a common passion for narration. This is what triggered their first key project together called Intro which was a 2016 Triennale installation put on display inside the “Stanze- Altre filosofie dell’abitare” (“Rooms - Novel living concepts”) exhibition in partnership with the Salone del Mobile. A fascinating project based on a very lofty concept and a bearer of a sublime message, Intro brought to the fore the best of both Novembre and Natuzzi. By concentrating on the concept of the bedroom retraced to its most perfect ancestral roots, his mind settled on an egg represented by an oval-shaped alcove with an external mirrored-metal shell and a deep-red interior which looks almost like a womb; this alcove literally draws visitors in, isolating them in an otherworldly dimension before returning them to the world reborn with a keener sense of awareness. Crafted from materials customarily used for sofa manufacture and entirely hand-assembled by those who create sofas every day, Intro remains a one-of-a-kind piece of artistry and was a way to offer the international audience at the Triennale tangible proof of the love of craftsmanship that Natuzzi has always had. Four years down the line, Natuzzi and Novembre continue their remarkable teamwork, as is apparent from the strong bold aesthetic of the new collection and from the Circle of Harmony with a project that encapsulates all the extraordinary visual power of the designer from Lecce who many have likened to Fellini for his ability to generate images with an unmistakable trademark.
Apulian culture, from its cuisine
to its design, is the result
of a unique blend of simplicity
and the finest ingredients.
The effect of this positive attitude
to life is reflected in my new collection,
both in its soft curves – which make
it so welcoming – and in its
The joyfulness and generosity of Mediterranean culture translates into a versatile seating system with a welcoming familiar design. Playing with heights and geometrical shapes, the armrests have been elevated with satin-finish metal rings on both ends, matching the feet in the same finish.
Claudio Bellini (1963) architect, designer and art director, lives and works in Milan. His strong fascination with creativity roots back to his early childhood years, growing up with his father Mario Bellini who is a pioneer of contemporary design. In 1996 he established Claudio Bellini, a Milan based multidisciplinary design studio shaped by a deep understanding of design process. This was the turning point of his career as he built his own distinctive brand. The core of his design approach considering the demands of growing global markets is based on the harmony of beauty and efficiency. His innovative approach contributes to original and significant projects with leading worldwide companies. “Now, I am a world citizen with an Italian soul”. His global vision and capability of understanding the dynamics of various cultures and markets - supported by a talented multinational team - expanded the studio with over hundred clients from Far East to America and brought recognition as one of the most influential European design practises all around the world. He always has the passion to pass his knowledge to the young generations by giving conferences all around the world and by being a professor in furniture design at Genova University for several years. By the time of progress, Claudio Bellini evolved as a famed designer, but he kept his curiosity that allows him to be enthusiastic about every phase of design process. He has an open-minded attitude, combined with a peculiar sensibility for different culture and historical heritage.
has always been telling stories
with different poetic inspirations,
which might evolve through time,
trying to be ‘an interpreter
of the present and a visionary
of the future’. I love mixing form,
function, aesthetics and ethics,
as ingredients, to create
Buddie is a contemporary take on the living room with a versatile system that can be endlessly rearranged, as well as backrests and seat cushions which slot smoothly into each other in a triumph of overlapping shapes that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional.
Mauro Lipparini is an eclectic architect and designer who expresses his creativity in all areas: complex industrial projects, interior architecture, installations, study of products. Lipparini graduated in Florence in 1980 and chose Italy as the ideal place for his research and work. He is one of the leading figures of "Italian minimalism", internationally successful, and his talent earned him many recognitions. From studiolo to bottega to factory, showroom, and the world beyond, Studio Lipparini realizes the vision of its eponym. The designer, he insists, must be “the one who is never satisfied for long with what is, with what has been done, and so pushes ahead continuously toward what can be.” “I believe evolution is the one true, indispensable constant of good design.” In keeping with the Renaissance idiom, Lipparini maintains remarkably close, hands-on relationships with the studio’s clients, some of whom have been commissioning work for two decades or more and whose word of mouth suffices for most of the studio’s promotional efforts. As part of this tradition, Studio Lipparini is renowned for customer service at a level of individuality largely lost to the modern world. Despite the breadth and intensity of the studio’s work, Lipparini himself is ultimately the author, the sole signatory of everything that emerges from both studiolo and bottega. With clients all across Europe and Asia, and a reputation for painstaking precision in every detail to uphold, the daily responsibilities of running Studio Lipparini’s operations and communications are enormous, many of them borne by its managing director and lone non-Italian, Michelle Richter. While her experience in marketing as well as design and production supervision, and her background as a classical cellist she also adds crucial fuel to its one-of-a-kind creative energy.
The partnership with BYBORRE – one of the most important textile innovation studio in the world, based in Amsterdam – is one of those short circuits, one of those disruptive intuitions that define Pasquale Junior Natuzzi’s creative vision. His conviction that innovating should not be limited to working with famous personalities or with the most fertile minds of the contemporary design world, but rather it should lead the company to rethink the whole manufacturing process from the very beginning, with a new and radical approach, combining quality and sustainability at the very highest level. An approach in which process and product are given equal value. In this, BYBORRE has proven to be a perfect partner and accomplice. DISCOVER MORE >
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