Billiani, an Italian company specialising in the production of timber chairs, has released their latest catalogue for 2020, under the art direction of Milan-based designer Cristina Celestino. Celestino designed two new collections for the brand and well as directed the photoshoot set within modernist architecture in Ljubjana, Slovenia. Dubbed “Beyond Belonging”, Cristina Celestino worked alongside photographer Mattia Balsamini, telling the story of the Billiani chair across three architectural projects by Jože Plečnik and Ivan Vurnik – The National Library in Ljubljana, the architect’s house, and the first undercover sports complex in Slovenia.
The three locations were chosen as they reflect the shared three qualities of the Billiani collection – the first one being rather institutional and rigorous, the second more ironic and fresh, while the third is warmer and more intimate. Cristina Celestino‘s two new chair collections for the brand, Corolla and Frisée, are created as a symbol of the new era of Billiani.
Frisée is a collection that combines the solidity of wood with an ironic and joyful frivolity. Cristina Celestino’s soft and enveloping touch exalts Billiani’s materials and know-how with pure colours, corners that turn into delicate curves and bulb-end legs. Although designed for the contract market, Frisée expresses a cultured and sophisticated lightness that gives a nod to the world of cabinet making.
Corolla is a collection of armchairs with soft and harmonious shapes. The rounded volumes are lightened by the worked wood base, Billiani’s stylistic code. The wavy line refers to the world of fashion, whose charm is also present in the quality of the coverings, which find their best expression in the combination of contrasting colours and textures to frame and cushioning.
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