Design Centre Stories

A Fitting Debut

Rubelli may have been founded in 1889, but its history is one of continuous evolution, including the launch of its furniture-design arm, Rubelli Casa, in 2015. This ‘Tela’ chair is one of the first products to be unveiled by Rubelli Casa’s new artistic director, architect and designer Matteo Nunziati.

Milan’s design traditions were a strong influence on the collection. “The most important reference of the collection is the furniture of the Milan villas of the 1930s, like Villa Necchi Campiglio designed by Piero Portaluppi, or the homes created by Gio Ponti and Guglielmo Ulrich,” says Nunziati. He describes these new pieces as “classic, but not a kind of nostalgic classicism. [It is] a collection of furniture full of memories, able to evoke an idea of order, balance, proportion and harmony between all the parts, love for detail and constructive wisdom.”

The ‘Tela’ chair’s three-way connection between the leg, arms and back is drawn attention to via its leather-covered joint, while a slim frame and upholstery gives it a visually light appearance. Other pieces in the collection include ‘Velour’, a sofa with a curved timber shell for the back and arm rests; and ‘Boule’ a series of lighting designs in blown glass.

Rubelli, Ground Floor, Design Centre East