Design objects, design team, design women: Front

The Mikado cupboard makes its debut

by Serena L. Rosato
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DESIGN_Let me introduce you three talented Swedish women: Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren, members of the Swedish design group known as FRONT.

Common discussions, explorations and experiments are bases of their works, togheter with a total involvementin the projects from initial ideas to the final product. A 'storyteller' design objects, talking about the process, the material it is made of or about conventions within the design field.




The three Swedish designers have worked with Porro company since 2009, specialize in producing attractive designs that complement Porro’s minimalistic shapes and in reinterpreting and updating high-quality workmanship.

Now they presents their new item for 2013: the Mikado cupboard, an intriguing product offering a captivating lightness and an exotic look. Designed as a storage unit for living areas, Mikado features a slender wood structure and doors made up of a double row of slanted and staggered wooden slats, which allow a glimpse of the contents of the unit in an appealing play of visibility and concealment.

The sideboard brings to mind the Orient, unique hand-made furniture made of delicate wood sticks or bamboo, and wonderful cages created to hold fantastical creatures. The irregularities of nature are tamed by Front and transformed by Porro into a mass-produced piece designed for the contemporary world. Offering a touch of playfulness, its unexpected presence is rooted in our deepest imaginations.

From the well-defined shapes of the furniture systems and the quality of the materials of the products in the collection to the optical illusions and touch of humour apparent in the pieces designed by Front, Porro furniture can be combined, reinterpreted and paired in an infinite number of ways, creating a unique and harmonious whole that matches the vision that each individual has of his or her home. 

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    • Serena L. Rosato

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)

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