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Metal Furniture With ‘Strong Emotional Allure', 7 Female Designers Collaborate With De Castelli

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    Design Design Apr 10, 2017 01:05 PM EDT

    (Photo : From the Website of Dezeen) This painting by Alessandra Baldereschi used a variety of metals including polished steel, brushed copper, brass and black iron. The curved forms are supposed to represent landscapes.

    Italian metal brand De Castelli has worked with seven female designers to create a furniture collection that uses metal to feature rose-gold cabinets and multi-coloured tables. His agenda for the items of metal furniture is to dispel the myth that metal is a cold and masculine material.

    According to the Dezeen, the brand included female designers like Nika Zupanc, Constance Guisset, Alessandra Baldereschi, Nathalie Dewez, Francesca Lanzavecchia, Donata Paruccini and Elena Salmistraro. To achieve the results De Castelli wanted in the metal furniture project, the designers combined warm-toned metals with various curved forms and decorative details.

    The metal furniture collection is titled "Tracing Identity." It will be displayed at the Milan design week, as a part of Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair this week.

    De Castelli intentionally describes the metal furniture collection as to presenting "strong emotional allure" as each piece has a precise use and brings a strong volumetric presence. "Screens, cabinets, tables and bookcases clearly show the handcrafting skills of De Castelli, becoming also the opportunity for trying new finishes and types of manufacturing," the brand added.

    Lately, gender has been the most talked about topic in architecture and design. Although it isn't the only industry largely dominated by men, women are faced with stereotyping with the expectation to produce a certain kind of work due to the gender differences, an issue that the metal furniture project aims to discuss.

    David Adjaye, an architect recently revealed that he is "embarrassed as a male" to find that women are still in need to fight for gender equality. Denise Scott Brown, on the other hand, requested recognition for the joint achievements of herself and her husband Robert Venturi.

    Indeed, studies within the industry have discovered a huge disparity in pay, and problems related to long hours and childcare. This is an issue that De Castille especially strives to upbeat through this metal furniture project.

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