In the history of Italian design, Bernini is a unique and extraordinary experience which draws its strength directly from the roots of "good wood processing" in the northern Italian region of Lombardy ever since the fifteenth century.
An attitude and availability which has produced a number of outstanding designing and producing realities that today can be found in the museums and collections all around the world.

At the Milan International Furniture Fair 2008 Bernini Company shows many products:

Nerone Aureo, Studio Caliari+Tre3 design
It is a four-poster bed which marks out spaces. The metal uprights are softened by a polyurethane foam covering upholstered in Napa leather. Rings of hardwood in American walnut, also used for the frame, break up the leather continuity. The headboard is made of a cylindrical cushion, suspended laterally and covered in the same leather as the uprights.

Nerone, Studio Caliari+Tre3 design
It is Nerone Aureo bed without canopy. The bed legs are made of hardwood (American walnut) rings, which are slightly over two centimetres thick and stung to the metal structure. Chromatic differences and vein nuances, which reflect the natural warmth of hardwood, just as it is masterly offered by nature, are the essence of this project.

Alice and Bianconiglio, Alberto Sala design
The collection is made of two units, one horizontal and one vertical, which can be used straight or turned through 180 (just turn the base round). The streaked American walnut effect is clearly traditional. The same concept is carried through by the refined execution and the maniacal care to detail, but never extreme or ostentatious. Behind the glass door, an irregular space, covered by a mirror-plate, reflects the objects inside like a kaleidoscope.

Ja, Gerrit, Alberto Sala design
It is a domestic secretaire, interpreted in contemporary key. Volumes are marked by geometrical spaces which intersect to define the space. The small variations of material and colour between varnished wood and black leather is interrupted by the bright colours of retro-varnished glass. A thin extractable parallelepiped, which disappears under the top, has a double function of side-support and a deep fitted out drawer.

Insieme Ancora, Alberto Sala design with mechanism invented by Bepi Fiori
Bepi Fiori who was at the helm of the creative group of Bernini's Research Centre from the Seventies to the Nineties. The movement is like an optical diaphragm, which expands as it rotates. By applying the same principle to an extending table, you can alter the size of the table top while keeping the original shape. In practical terms it goes from an eight to twelve seater, thanks to an innovative oblate circular shaped table top. The novelty of the project is the table extending system as well as being the main feature of the product. The extensions are vertically integrated into the metallic structure of the five legs.
It is available in several versions: from the American walnut with a glossy-black metal structure, to the "total black" or the "total white" with glass tops and black or white metal structure. Handcrafted details by master cabinet-makers, a hallmark of Bernini design, enrich the table and give it absolute versatility in any context.

art. 770 "1934 collection" Ebony, Carlo Scarpa design
Another "cult" product of the Bernini's Historical Collection is edited in a special numbered edition of just 100 pieces, with the precious livery of His Majesty the Macassar Ebony Wood. The original design by "the Professor", as he has always been known at Bernini, has been religiously observed in every detail. The only differences are: the Ebony finishing, and the green inner parts.
We'd like to remember that this model was designed in 1934 by Carlo Scarpa for his son Tobia's bedroom. In 1977 it was lightly revised: on the original version there was a tiger and a monkey head on the two side glass panels. The sideboard as well as a table, a chair and an armchair became a permanent feature of the "1934" Collection.

 Further info about older products are available in MIFF 2006  

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 INDEX 2008 

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Martin Rance