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A modern transposition of the Roman Domus
The 2023 Molteni&C Collection project, under the creative direction of Vincent Van Duysen, narrates the connection between indoor and outdoor, between intimacy and sharing, and between private and public space. The project is based on the domestic configurations of the ancient Roman Domus: the central element of the domus is the uncovered courtyard, from which the house receives light and water, collected in a pool. The other private and public rooms are arranged around the courtyard. The inner portico, or peristyle, adorned with columns, bounds the garden, and is intended for one’s otium in nature.
“The home is once again the beating heart: conceived in a new guise - domestic, welcoming, and reassuring - it becomes a place in which to participate and share, on the border between public and private. A home of noble simplicity and quiet grandeur”
says Vincent Van Duysen, quoting the archaeologist JJ Winckelmann.
Classical references to the Roman Domus are also found in the artistic collaboration with Roberto Ruspoli, who interpreted the Collection's archetypes with his paintings. The work, ‘Virgil's Dream’, created exclusively for Molteni&C, becomes the backdrop for the 2023 Collection's new products. It represents the imaginary room of the young poet Virgil, where his first poetic visions are formed. A setting in which nature re-emerges from the falling plaster and cracked walls, penetrating with its elements and literally crossing the peristyle, while a playful Zephyr delights in blending it all together.
design Vincent Van Duysen
Vincent Van Duysen reconfigures the dining room, adding character with a new table design, available in two different versions. The table, featuring a cylindrical and cone-shaped pedestal in the centre, divided in two in the vertical part of the base, is available in two versions tapered at the edges: round and oval, blending in perfectly with all kinds of environments. The cone-shaped base is made with a curved plywood template; the two printed halves, when juxtaposed, design an open furrow in the centre, giving the base a completely unexpected personality.
“It was inspired by the hospitality area designed for the new Pavilion inside the Molteni&C headquarters. A welcoming place, conceived to create an atmosphere of Italian hospitality, elegant and minimal, in line with the soul of the brand”.
Vincent Van Duysen
by Herzog & de Meuron
The Porta Volta Chair by Herzog & de Meuron marks a new chapter of collaboration between the historic brand Molteni&C and the renowned international architectural firm, long-term partners of the Molteni Group.
The Porta Volta Chair highlights the relationship between the upholstered seat and the solid timber back, the defining element of the design. The floating backrest extends around the perimeter of the seat in a U-shape, extending forward to create the armrests, and resting on 3 intersecting wooden U-frames that feature a special curved bent “finger joint” detail at their rounded corners. The legs and the support for the back are angled slightly outwards, to give a sense of stability and generosity while adding extra comfort.
design Naoto Fukasawa
Acclaimed designer Naoto Fukasawa presents his latest exploration of shape and form with Tuscany, the chaise longue that marks an important contribution to the Molteni&C catalog, recalling new suggestions.
“The Chaise lounge, with its undulations reminiscent of the rolling hills of Tuscany, was designed so that you can lie on it and doze off while gazing at the hills in the distance. The soft and ergonomic cushions conform easily to the contours of your body”