22 December 2016
Within Salone del Mobile’s varied events, we must speak of the conception of a new brand, Ghidini 1961. The Ghidini family, hailing from Brescia, specializes in brass manufacturing, and entrusted the creation of design objects to a team of noted international designers, led by Stefano Giovannoni. Brass has had a glorious past, and despite being abandoned by modern design for steel’s colder and shinier clarity, it is back in vogue, with its golden glow, giving new pieces soft shapes and a warm, luxurious domesticity. After years of modern rigour, contemporary design is embracing signature expressions of classic revival. Forgotten items are resurfacing, including vanities and writing desks, decorative mirrors and delicately engraved trays, giving any table a sparkling Cellinian notion. The collection is defined by the rare trait of combining the iconicity of the pieces with a light hint of irony, softening the nostalgia that brass can evoke.