Zanat: Dom and Morpho Bench
For us in Zanat Supersalone is a long-awaited opportunity to show to the world some of our recent achievements. Notwithstanding the pandemic, we have been especially active developing new products, strengthening our production capabilities, developing several different presentation and communication tools. In Milan, we’ll launch new products, which are the result of new design collaborations with two outstanding designers.One of the two collaborations is with the great Michele De Lucchi with whom we in Zanat shared interests in wood and craftsmanship. At Supersalone, we are launching the first set of products of our mutual collaboration.
The first creation of our collaboration with Michele De Lucchi and his associates at AMDL Circle is not a piece of furniture or interior decoration object. It is a piece of fine art: a sculptural plate called Dom. While one clearly sees artistic value in each piece of furniture and each accessory from Zanat, the plates designed by De Lucchi are the first object Zanat has created with exclusively artistic value and no utilitarian function.
Dom plates are a meticulously crafted sculpture resembling a star map guiding us home. The profound appeal of Dom plates is to be found in brilliantly designed geometry, meticulously executed details - which bear witness to enduring value of fine craftsmanship, and the warmth and tactility of solid wood. The hand-carved textures engraved into the wood by Zanat’s master craftsman catch the light beautifully in a way that emphasizes the tactility and geometry of these multi-polygonal objects. Dom plates will be made as a limited edition and will come in 50, 70, and 100cm diameter, made in precious Bosnian hardwoods like walnut and maple. With Dom, Michelle De Lucchi has once again revealed to us both his genius and the inseparable connection between art and craft, the past and the future.
At Supersalone we’ll also reveal the first product we developed through a recently launched collaboration with PATRICK NORGUET, one of the leading French designers. The product is an extraordinary sculptural bench called Morpho. Morpho is a study in morphology of a tree trunk as it is processed by craftsman into a refined functional sculpture. The bench’s aesthetic is defined by two robust feet, which look like they they’ve been sculpted by splitting a log. The carving texture on the inner flat side of the feet is reminiscent of the texture of wood fibers one observes in a split wooden log. The sitting surface of the bench is made of split wooden plank with a curious V-shape cut at each end. The bench is 230cm long and will add unpretentious and warm elegance to a multitude of interior settings. The whole development process for this product was carried out remotely, relying on video conferences, which worked very well thanks to excellent engineering and product development skills on both sides.
Finally, it is noteworthy that some of the products we’ll show in Milan have been launched virtually, but will be shown for the first time in an exhibition. We are constantly reminded that the visual appeal and invaluable tactility of Zanat’s products can only be experienced in person. Thus, Milan will be an excellent opportunity to physically premier the products we have developed last year through the Lockdown Dialogues Project.