| ROBOTS / MILAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR 2005
Robots was established in 1962. The production of the first furnishing components comes out in the 70's. It was while keeping company with the poetics and intelligence of Bruno Munari that Robots received the first impressive confirmation of the value of its production: the year is 1979 and Bruno Munari's Abitacolo – in production since 1971 – wins the Compasso d'Oro prize.
His collaboration with Robots – lasting from 1971 to 1996 –, was marked by a careful and participatory attitude towards the company's culture and resources. An industrious way of approaching materials and the techniques for working them united with an innate "intelligence of the heart" allowed him to design objects that are poetic but functional, innovative but human.
Another grand master of design, Enzo Mari embraces design intuition, knowledge of materials and the deepest respect for people, whether creators or users. Separating Enzo Mari's creative prowess from the ideology in which he often closed himself, one finds extremely rich works which have marked the last thirty years of design history for their conscious and exacting method and for their conceptual content.
Since 1995 the company has been headed by Renato Rebolini, who has augmented the use of steel rod with that of new materials. The production possibilities have been amplified and the collection has been enriched with objects that harmonize with a modern concept of dwelling that sees the house encompassing new functions, fragmenting and recomposing spaces, and introducing new rituals.
Between realism and intelligence, investigation into behaviors and feelings for beauty, the Robots story continues, more open than ever to new encounters.
This year, at the Milan International Furniture Fair, Robots presents some new furnishing items and some recent past proposals.
Ala – designed by Richard Sapper – is a bookcase system of shelves made of extruded aluminium. The shelves can be attached onto the wall individually. Mounting is guaranteed by high-resistance stainless steel cables - one 1.5 mm diameter cable has a capacity of over 100 kg - and a sophisticated adjustment system enables the inclination of the shelf to be determined precisely. Additional elements can be mounted by making use of the dowels fitted with a special hook on the upper shelves.
Bovisa – by Enzo Mari –, is a painted or chromed steel table with detachable supporting structure. High flatness top made of Doluflex ® aluminium – a honeycombed structure combining durability and lightness with reasonably small thickness – just 6mm, with extruded PVC edges. An etched glass top is also available.
Tip tap, realised by Donato D'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi, is a flexible trolley for the home. When closed it stands up unsupported and occupies a minimal space. The structure is polished chromed steel and the shelves are made of natural anodised or coloured painted extruded aluminium. It combines lightness with resistance and bearing capacity.
T-tina – designed by Donato D'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi –, is a chair for indoors and outdoors made entirely of natural anodised extruded aluminium, with stainless steel and coloured painted finish. It is available in the version with and without arms. It is light and stackable.
Zerouno – by Robots –, is a system of closed or open containers made of high flatness Doluflex ® aluminium. They are made using panels with a thickness of just 8 mm, doors and backs are available in aluminium or extra-light Decorflou ® satined glass. The modules are stackable vertically and in rows, or can be wall mounted. The materials and technical solutions guarantee lightness and elegance.
Delfina – a "Compasso d'Oro" seat designed by Enzo Mari for Driade and now reissued by Robots –, is a stackable chair with a frame in curved, electro-welded chromed steel rod. The seat and backrest are in 100% Kvadrat cotton.
Sof Sof – realized by Enzo Mari for Driade and now reissued by Robots –, is a chair with welded steel rod frame structure, chromed or painted in the aluminium version. Resting on the structure are two integral cushions.
Jack – created by Donato D'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi –, is a closable clothes-stand, in painted steel aluminium and chromed finish.
Enzo Mari designed again a series of systems that Robots presents in Milan International Furniture Fair.
Delta – with the collaboration of Paolo Reina –, is a free-standing bookcase with shelves and uprights in natural anodised aluminium.
Trieste, is a simple, rational and versatile wall-bookshelves; it can be extended and modernised and is easy to install.
Seattle, is a free-standing shelving system in chromed steel. It consists of supporting uprights and structural and simple shelves.
Besides Robots presents some objects that are simple and functional, to complete the furnishing of a house.
Press – magazine-rack in chromed steel rod by Enzo Mari –, Cantina – stackable bottle-rack in chromed steel rod by Enzo Mari –, Cerano CD – Cd-rack in epoxy painted sheet metal by Enzo Mari –, Biplano – folding table on castors with structure in chromed steel rod and with two tops in transparent tempered glass by Bruno Munari –, Filo di ferro – table legs in chromed steel rod with drawn fixing plate by Enzo Mari.
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