“RE-TROUVÉ”, born from a collaboration between Emu and designer Patricia Urquiola, is a metal furniture collection which evokes past forms, created with the use of superior technology.
In the words of Urquiola, her meeting with Emu, its history and its industrial production situation all sparked an instant flame: "Inspiration came from the marvelous iron chairs of the '50's, so full of curls and doodles. I wanted to create new models which would bring together a re-interpretation of this old-fashioned design with a more humorous twist, produced with numerical control technology".
From this idea, the RE-TROUVÉ collection was born: the iron curls enrich and adorn these crafted chairs which are now back in style; by re-discovering these one-of-a-kind pieces, perhaps long-forgotten in an upstairs attic, Patricia Urquiola conjures up this classic design, re-interpreting it with acute humor. The superior technology of Emu in metal-working allows for the creation of furniture characterized by complex patterns of recurrent diamond motifs. Industrial production limits costs and assures high product quantity, while maintaining the handcrafted quality of the furniture.
The geometric design gives three-dimensionality to the pieces, whose curved forms outline the furniture with a sweet and sensual feel, characterized by an elegance brought from the past.
The retrieval of past memories and its re-working in a modern style brings together, in ideal continuity, Proust's "Time Regained," in an imaginary journey back in time which allows us to take a new look at contemporary reality.
The collection is composed of chairs, armchairs, tables, poufs and vases.
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