Not just furniture, but “places to live”: Bonaldo’s design tables
There’s no doubt that the table is the piece of furniture that plays the biggest role in our day-to-day lives, and that’s exactly why a table is not just an object but it’s a real place to live: from workstation to dining table, from support to real meeting point dedicated to conviviality. It’s the evergreen ability of the table to attract our gaze and steal the limelight in the living room that makes the choice of this piece of furniture such a special and important decision.
The different functions and purposes have all been taken into account by the designers who have collaborated on the Bonaldo 2020 collection. The tables created by this 100% Made in Italy company, particularly appreciated for their distinctive character, are taken to the next level thanks to new finishes and forms, allowing for absolute customisation. The different sizes of the pieces mean that they work perfectly in any space without compromising the identity of the design.
These are items which channel their surroundings, interacting with them and merging into them without ever losing their unique nature. The original tables in the Bonaldo collection, with their imposing and sculptural shapes, are able to inspire different sensations in those who live them: some might feel a sense of lightness, others a feeling of transformation or movement, as is the case of the distinctive Circus table by Fabrice Berrux. This line represents a huge step forward Bonaldo has taken thanks to its passionate research on new finishes and forms, such as the unconventional, unexpected shapes of the imposing bases, with legs that play on volumes and balances, drawing their inspiration from the world of geometry, such as the Geometric Table by Alain Gilles. The research on the materials used for the new collection of tables is essential too: wood will continue to play a key role – as it does in the Wood version of Art table by Gino Carollo – as part of a growing focus on environmental sustainability. Yet there is also ceramic, favourite material on account of its efficiency – and precious materials like Carrara marble, which is used for the base of the stunning Curling table by Mauro Lipparini.
The original tables in the new collection are also joined by reinterpretations of some of Bonaldo’s most iconic pieces. One example is the new round version of the Mellow table by Bartoli Design, whose flowing lines succeed in bringing a precious, gem-like feel to any room.
Geometric Table by Alain Gilles
A table that changes shape depending on the observer’s perspective. This is Alain Gilles’ creative idea for this new product in the 2020 collection by Bonaldo.
Summing up significant stylistic and material research, “Geometric Table” is a transforming shapeshifting table that plays on perspective: with a hypnotic visual effect, it looks different depending on the point of view, for a living area with a surprising personality.
Its concept is based on chameleon-like silhouettes, starting with the base: its four legs with drop-shaped feet appear either thick or sharp and thin, playing together to offer a different perception of their visual weight as you walk around the table, with an impressive scenic yet slender and graceful presence, give by its rounded shapes. The table is available also in a special clay hand finished spatula effect which lends the item a sculptural look.
Cross Table by Alain Gilles
“Cross Table”, designed by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo, is the synthesis of the cross combination of three essential elements (top, metal structure and base) that, in a refined combination, offer an evocative scenic effect. The top of the Cross Table rests only on a thin structure, but it is the wooden base in the shape of a cross that gives the table its solidity and structural force.
The design of the table offers a collective vision where the role of each element emerges in relation to the others in an appealing contrast between straight lines and soft curves, between masculinity and femininity. The three different and distinct elements that compose the table offer the possibility of creating various combinations of finishes and colours, from the most original to the most understated ones, for a highly customisable complement.
The top is available in solid walnut or in the new charcoal brushed oak version. Further choice is provided by the ceramic top in glossy or matt silk finish or in marble. A wide range of variants is available also for the finishes of the base including the new pearl gold and platinum versions. “Cross Table” is available in a rectangular version with a rounded barrel-shaped top in different dimensions.
Curling Table by Mauro Lipparini
“As Michelangelo once said, the sculpture is already inside the marble – all you need to do is remove the superfluous,” says Lipparini, explaining the concept behind the new table for Bonaldo. “The idea for Curling came from visits to the Carrara marble quarries. I was inspired by these white, cubic blocks of marble.”
There is a delicate, clean and harmonious design to the Curling table, which leaves no room for superfluous decoration. The base is carved from a single block of Carrara or black Marquinia marble, resulting in the simplest and purest of forms. A metal cylinder sits on top of the marble base to support the table top, in ultra-clear transparent crystal, creating a truly sleek overall effect. Ultimately, Curling is defined by its instinctive, immediate design, its bold character and its imposing scenic presence.
Circus Table by Fabrice Berrux
Iconic, with an astral beauty, I hope, of an essential elegance”; designer Fabrice Berrux thus defines Circus, one of the core elements of the Bonaldo 2020 collection that draws on the laws of physics for its contrast of quite different geometric shapes.
A large disc-shaped top is on top of the impressive and scenic central base, evoking a pleasant sensation of movement. The table acquires strength and elegance in a unique balancing act, becoming the real protagonist of the living area.
The top is available in solid wood, ceramic or marble, and it adapts perfectly to the style of the house, blending harmoniously with the environment without, however, losing its uniqueness. The metal base is available in different versions, including the new pearl gold, platinum and clouded chrome finishes.
Art Wood Table by Gino Carollo
Art table, iconic complement of the Bonaldo collection, is the expression of a clear and rational design intuition, like the geometric shape which inspired its designer, Gino Carollo.
The table takes on new life in its “Wood” version, thanks to the solid wood of its distinguishing element, the base. Made up of a trapezium that runs diagonally under the table top, it gives the structure dynamism, solidity and a strong sculptural impact. The final effect is of great lightness, thanks to the top proposed in glass or ceramic. The result is an extremely versatile table, suitable for both the dining room and the study.
Mellow Table – Round Version by Bartoli Design
The Mellow table joins together two contrasting elements in the base, which embrace one another in a sinuous curve, creating volume and balance. Designed by Bartoli Design, Mellow presents forms that are soft and curvy, imposing and sculptural, a game of balances that finds its maximum expression in the new round version.
The central base is made up of two different moulded elements in high-density polyurethane, which seem to embrace each other. The rounded form gives the structure a soft and balanced look, making it a protagonist of the space. The round top is available in solid wood, ceramic or marble.
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