Shanghai, or the simplicity of origins in a design collection
Wrought iron, a material made timeless by the company's know-how, is the protagonist of the new Cantori proposals, designed by Maurizio Manzoni
Undoubtedly, the recipe for producing iconic (and timeless) furniture consists of a quality design planned in great detail and realized with high-quality raw materials. This attention allows objects to survive unscathed both the flow of time and the evolution of fashion trends, even when new living experiences introduce needs that are not always predictable and in continuous evolution. Cantori relies on good design, painstakingly curated in every aspect, realized by highly specialized craftsmen, and rigorously made in Italy. Cantori is a company that, for over forty-five years, has honored local craftsmanship by producing furniture appreciated all over the world. Cantori's new collection is called Shanghai, designed by Maurizio Manzoni, who interprets the combination of tradition and innovation with originality and wisdom.
Metal, a material that has always been a protagonist of Cantori's expressive power, is employed with a new vision and combined with equally precious surfaces. “Precious materials are combined with an elegance that only the apparent simplicity of the project can enhance”, says Maurizio Manzoni, a concept that takes a concrete expression in the new dresser of the Shanghai collection. Here, the metal trestle supports and slims the body, which can be made in Canaletto walnut or black ash, creating a piece of furniture that is also suitable for the living area. The essential lines, and the contrast between materials such as metal and glass, make the chest of drawers a perfect pedestal to display all those objects we care about.
This play of contrasting materials also characterizes the double bed, where wrought-iron meets fabric, leather, and the other coverings that envelop the bed frame and the headboard. Ready to become the protagonist of the sleeping area, the upholstered bed — with an internal structure in plywood and structural covering in non-deformable polyurethane foam — confirms how this dialectic of materials proves to be an effective key to enhance the sculptural aspect of a product that is minimal and essential.
"We embarked into the study of the most refined detail, to enhance the project in its entirety", says Maurizio Manzoni about the Shanghai collection, in which iron is expressed through its most primordial and radical processing, albeit rediscovered and reinterpreted in a contemporary key, in order to offer a new reading of the company's history. This history, made contemporary, finds a new narrative form in “forms that are always well-calibrated, never banal” which — as the designer explains — “become the content and container of other forms and other materials”.
This is confirmed by the coffee tables from the Shanghai Collection, pieces with an essential design in which metal is combined with natural and precious materials that reflect the "less is more" approach that has always distinguished Cantori's products. We can see this philosophy in the solid and forged iron profiles, joined by a linear weave at the base, which support the irregularly shaped tops, which can be in stone, marble, or wood.
It has never been more evident how the shapes have been modeled by expert hands, following a precise design — made by people for people — and how the artistic manufacturing, which has always characterized the company's furnishings, is inextricably linked to its territory. These features further enrich the ergonomic and elegant shapes, the attention to detail, and the constant research that have made Cantori's products iconic over the years.