2021 New Collection
Quality, passion and tradition under the label of Made in Italy: this is how the 2021 collection is created.
Stay tuned to discover it, each week we are revealing new iconic pieces.
An exclusive digital preview on ZOOM
Giulia Molteni, Head of Marketing and Communication of Molteni Group, and Salvatore Licitra, curator of Gio Ponti Archives, invite you to discover the exclusive preview of the 2021 Collection, leading you in an inspirational journey through the latest mood to unveil the new icons.
Round D.154.5 designed by Gio Ponti
More than 60 years after the original idea, Round (D.154.5) was reborn thanks to the Heritage Collection reissue project by Molteni&C, in collaboration with the Gio Ponti Archives.
As with all the projects in the collection, the careful study of drawings, photos and period materials has made it possible to faithfully reproduce the armchair in every detail, bringing a forgotten masterpiece back to life.
The project name, Round D.154.5, comes from the rounded shape of the seat and backrests, also referred to as the ‘soap bar’. It has very modern shapes, almost out of this world, which had never been thought of before. Characterized by avantgarde materials and technologies, such as the Vipla for the upholstery, curved plywood to join the backrest and seat, and metal feet with non-slip tips that are easy to assemble.
Round (D.154.5) is also referred to as ‘Otto Pezzi’ (Eight Pieces) in the Ponti/Fornaroli/Rosselli study. In fact, there are eight pieces that make up the chair: backrest, seat, two curved plywood elements and four legs, which screw into the seat to hold the whole thing together.
Gio Ponti was very fond of this chair and often used it to furnish his architectural projects.
D.847.1 designed by Gio Ponti
More than 70 years after the original design, the D.847.1 console desk was reborn thanks to the Heritage Collection reissue project by Molteni&C, in collaboration with the Gio Ponti Archives.
As with all the projects in the Heritage Collection, the careful study of drawings, photos and period materials has made it possible to faithfully reproduce the D.847.1 desk in every detail, bringing a forgotten masterpiece back to life.
Piroscafo designed by Aldo Rossi e Luca Meda
A new version, 30 years after the first Piroscafo.
A new facade lacquered in a warm Spice colour with eucalyptus interiors re-proposes a classic piece in a contemporary version without betraying its origins as a rigorous but functional piece of furniture. The dimensions reflect current production.
To find the genesis of this original domestic architecture we have to take a step back in time.
On a cold afternoon, two friends, Luca Meda and Aldo Rossi, are walking through the Fontivegge Centre, the headquarters of the Umbria Regional Council. The two friends were talking animatedly and suddenly stopped to look at the large green glass facade next to the former Perugina chimney, a true relic of industrial archaeology. It was the moment of intuition: take the building’s facade and transform it into furniture!
In a few months, their intuition became reality. At the 1991 Salone del Mobile, four large compositions were presented, two with a white façade and two in Prussian green, which stood out in the centre of the Molteni&C stand. In 1993, based on an idea by Luca Meda, at the Salone del Mobile, a gigantic Piroscafo, 13 metres long, complete with red and black funnels reproducing a real ship, welcomed visitors.
It was an immediate success that has now lasted for thirty years.
Half a Square designed by Michael Anastassiades
Half a Square, a strongly minimalist design by Michael Anastassiades, part of the 2020 Collection, expands its compositional possibilities. In 2021, the minimalist character of Half a Square, has seen the addition of a new distinctive finish with a matt white glass, capable of enhancing the geometric rigour of a design that appears simple and linear.
An extendable version of the table has been added to the collection increasing the versatility of the project to adapt to constantly changing environments, still remaining in a perfect balance between dynamism and absolute lightness.
Hector night designed by Vincent Van Duysen
Hector Night is a new project dedicated to the night area by Molteni&C. It originates from the Hector bookcase which features a strong modern and flexible expressive character.
Perfectly engineered to be mounted without any limitations, Hector Night uses a new patented LED system to illuminate all its functions.
DESIGNING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
A fair relationship between technological progress and the respect for natural resources is increasingly becoming an element of primary importance for development in every field of human activity, and particularly for the construction industry and for systems connected with living and office spaces.
2021 has seen the introduction of a new eco-friendly upholstery.
Exclusively for the Paul sofa system, the project marks an important step towards the use of more environmentally friendly goods. The new fibre is synthetic, in 100 % recycled and biodegradable polyester. Designed to return to nature, it provides a holistic and sustainable solution for product wear and eventual end of life.
We are also pleased to present a new eco fabric designed by Patricia Urquiola and in collaboration with Kvadrat, an international leader in the production of high-performance materials.
Reflect is a sophisticated fabric with a characteristic diagonal pattern.
It comprises a collection of 23 colours in a 100% recycled yarn from PET bottles. The PET used for Reflect comes from post-consumer bottles collected in Thailand. The fabric is manufactured using a process that is much more efficient than that of virgin polyester, as it uses less energy and chemicals, as well as minimising CO2 emissions. As a result, Reflect is ideal for those looking for a fabric with a significantly reduced environmental impact.