The activity of design is often a process of reducing things to the essential, taking away everything that distracts from the real nature of the desired object. The Grado° collection seems to be just this: everything superfluous has been removed, leaving behind the complexity of a knowing gesture, made with exceptional creative ability. Tables and coffee tables, wardrobes, bookcases, mirrors and shelves interplay conceptually and physically with revolutionary elements. The surfaces are rotated and bevelled; in particular, the wood and glass tables and the bookcases create a displacement which, from a 90° angle, moves to a 45° without edges; a cube, extracted from its volume, leaves a void emphasised by a mark of red paint. Wedge-shaped shelves seem to penetrate the walls, while the 60°/console and 3°:coffee table with "open box" are reduced to just their contours. The use of primary colours reiterates, finally, the minimalist shapes which characterise the Grado° collection in all its parts, to the Panna-cotta coffee table, delicate and heavy, a paradox of fragile stability.
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