Italian designer Federica Capitani studied industrial design at the University of Genova before going on to work with two preeminent designers, Patricia Urquiola and Marcel Wanders. In 2009, she moved to London and established Federica Capitani Design Studio, using her eye for sinuous shapes and complex weaving to create captivating furniture and objects.
1. Imba for Moroso
Capitani created Imba with "woven threads normally used for fishing nets." Rust-proof tubular steel and polyethylene cords are practical but the real beauty of Imba is that each piece is handwoven and, therefore, unique-and sometimes flawed.
2. Forma for Kenneth Cobonpue
Capitani's work for Kenneth Cobonpue really stands out. The company, known for its complex shapes and playful forms, is a great outlet for Capitani's creativity. With Forma, she worked with three different diameter threads to produce an intricate collection.
3. Trame Collection for Kenneth Cobonpue
With Trame, Capitani took woven design even further. Featuring five interlocking asymmetrical loops, the Trame Collection "pushes the boundaries of traditional weaving." The accompanying tables reiterate the shapes with unique curvilinear legs.
4. Mellow for Moroso
Reminiscent of a nautilus, Mellow is an upholstered chair that again displays Capitani's interest in curves. With an enveloping backrest and asymmetrical shape, Mellow beckons people to sit and relax in whatever position they like.
5. Niobe for Zanotta
Imperfect, organic shapes juxtaposed with the timeless elegance of solid marble slabs create a beautiful tension in Capitani's Niobe tables. The tables feature a flat top and curved underside, as if a river rock had been cut in half. How can marble go casual? The answer is Niobe.
6. Dolmen Side Table for Ateliers Romeo
Capitani has recently turned her attention to solid stone, exploring the material's mass and gravity. The Dolmen Collection, in silver travertine, offers a monolithic base and off-center table top. Simple and sculptural, Dolmen pieces seem more like archaeological discoveries than manufactured furniture.
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