Ino is a series of bar cabinets designed by former Giorgetti Art Director Chi Wing Lo.
Transitive furniture in a complete round: the circular shape inspires versatile and innovative uses. These products are free from formal principles and serenely cohabit anywhere with other furniture elements, erasing all cultural and temporal distances. They are perfect as bars and work just as well as storage or display units for precious objects.
Up to today, Chi Wing Lo (1958) is still the only Chinese architect and designer to be embraced by the prestigious circle of contemporary Italian design.
"There was nothing Chinese about my work, but it got accepted globally, including in the Far East. In retrospect, I suppose the public also saw the soothing composition, calm lines, subtle details, hidden ingenuity and the way wood was worked and jointed, and could not categorize it except by attributing it to my Chinese origins." In this way, his work was, and remains, fresh in the context of Italian design.
His aspiration for timelessness has brought his collections to worldwide attention and many of his works continue to be much sought after today. Chi Wing Lo's architectural and design works have been awarded, exhibited and published internationally.
Raised in Hong Kong, Lo received his Master Degree in Architecture from Harvard University with the best thesis prize in 1988. He had taught at the Syracuse University, NY, and was a member of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Served as a visiting critic in different Universities in Greece and abroad, he is an active practitioner, integrating architecture, interior and furniture design for projects in Milan, Athens, Istanbul, Yalta (Crimea), Beirut, Dubai and Beijing. He was also chairman of the jury for the St.Petersburg Design Biennale 2009 and his Tower-House in Athens was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prize in Architecture in 2009.
Chi Wing Lo was Art Director of Giorgetti from 2004 till 2006, and has been designing furniture exclusively for them since 1995. There is something comforting and all-enveloping about Lo’s furniture, as well as a simple solidity and a sense of practicality.Lo is set on crafting a new design vernacular that carries an essence of China but reaches beyond the traditional clichés.
Timelessness and durability, in both design and creation, are the cornerstones of Lo’s design philosophy, he says. The aim is to be classic but not classical and modern but not outdated; to create works that "will outlive me, my children and my grandchildren". He is a big proponent of quality over quantity and believes that the whole design industry could benefit from a more measured approach to its output. "Strange to say, but I must say that we have designed too much and have created a dangerous form of cultural and visual pollution. Look around; there are just too many gadgets, unnecessary items, white elephants... often too loud so that we cannot but be overwhelmed by their ostentatious presence. Design should enhance, never override; it should sit back, be a little shy. To design is to improve upon something, accepting that every one of us has the obligation to help to move a tiny little step forward in the slow evolution of design. To design is to give"
Source: "Chi Wing Lo: the work and modesty of the great Chinese designer" by Selina Denman (The National, 17.10.2013)
Maximum quality, aesthetical innovation, ability in processing and "Made in Italy" are the historical prerogatives of Giorgetti, originally founded as an artisanal cabinetmaking laboratory in Meda, Brianza, in 1898.
The indisputable protagonist of Giorgetti furniture is solid wood, a natural material and often the hidden core of its objects. The company has distinguished itself on the design furniture scene not only for the high quality of its raw materials but also for its manual skills tradition and heritage.
Giorgetti creations fully embrace the concept of Conceived and Manufactured in Italy: starting from design, creativity and style, all the way to production, the entire process is Made in Italy. Moreover, the collections are known for their functionality and quality materials which guarantee a long life, as well as being made by production processes which are totally environmentally friendly.
The Giorgetti style is characterized by exclusivity and atypical uniqueness: the aim to create original and recognizable collections was the prerequisite which led the company to collaborate with professionals - architects, urban planners, intellectuals, artists - who had never considered designing furniture. A brave initiative which started at the end of the 80s and continues today, imparting an exclusive design to Giorgetti’s pieces. This choice is accompanied by a shared ideal that both the company and the designers fully embrace: to create "timeless" objects which never go out of fashion.
Giorgetti is like an art and history gallery of Made in Italy, with design, manual skill and over a hundred years of tradition; a standard on the furniture sector scene.
Two door bar cabinet in walnut canaletto wood, interior available in two different finishes, metal revolving adjustable in height trays lacquered in a bronze colour with glass tops, interior separator in walnut canaletto, LED lights, base in metal lacquered in a bronze colour
White painted sycamore
Gold leaf decoration
Width 141cm, depth 45,5cm, height 134,5cm
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Made in Italy
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