Designed by Giulio Lazzotti and made by Mageia of Italy, near Carrara, Italy in the mid to late 1980’s. This beautiful Italian slate and steel chest was privately commissioned from Mageia. Mageia was known to be one of the most progressive, artistic and courageous of the stone design and production firms in Italy at the time. (Other elite ‘stone’ firms of the postmodern era included Skipper, Up&Up, Casigliani, Ultima Edizione, and Primapietra.). The thick slate top and precise geometry of the steel structure are countered by flashes of whimsy, such as the circular center-point pull of each drawer, the reflective nature of the steel’s finish and perhaps most enthusiastically with the unexpected presence of gently tapering legs made of frosted lucite.
Throughout the late 1970’s, 1980’s and into the early 90’s, Mageia was one of the early supporters and main employers of a then up-and-coming designer— Giulio Lazziotti. Mr. Lazziotti is a big name in the design world today and his work in the late 1990’s and throughout the 2000’s is virtually ubiquitous, recognizable to even the casual design fan. His Quovis collection of steel furniture, a long-term best seller for Design Within Reach is as known and important as they come in the contemporary design world. And in the one-of-a-kind chest seen here we get a glimpse of the artist before he hit the mainstream and unencumbered by the constraints of large scale production and mass marketing. No limit on budget, time and no pressure to please the masses, we see in this early work his signature preference for wholly metal case-goods , not to, mention strict lines and perfect geometry, but also tempered with a freedom and courage to experiment that serves to bring the design to life.
All said and done, Mageia of Italy commissions easily cost over 20,000 USD dollars in their day. Don’t miss this piece of history!
36 x 15 x 37 h
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