The new Marina-line is somewhat atypical for Extremis: Bruno Fattorini & Partners put the emphasis on material innovation, whereas Extremis usually puts the togetherness-aspect first. Bruno Fattorini & Partners opted for a picnic table in its most basic shape and made it out of pultrusion glass fiber profiles. This way, see- mingly endless tables can be created. The composite of glass fiber and polyester is a solid, durable and contemporary material that feels just like wood. However, it is considerably less sensitive to temperature changes and humidity. Due to the good quality of the material, the weight of the design is relatively low.
“We of Extremis want to remain innovative and this collabora- tion with Bruno Fattorini & Partners fits that train of thought perfectly. It is not about which country you come from, which brand you represent or which name you carry: it all revolves around the final product. Many years ago in 1994 we started the production of contemporary outdoor furniture. Back then, this was a completely new concept: there was hardly any competition on the market”, says head designer and founder of the brand Dirk Wynants. Extremis was able to consolidate this trendsetting and innovative role.
“Aside from innovation, we want to be known for maintaining a high level of functionality and creating togetherness. ‘Tools for To- getherness’ is our baseline. Bringing people together is the leading thread running through our work”, states Wynants. “That is why we often use rounded shapes so people can easily enjoy each other’s company, have a private dinner party and lounge on a lazy day. Of course, the need for elongated rather than rounded furniture exists, seeing as this provides more flexibility with regard to the number of people that can take place. Hopper, a design by Extremis that was successfully introduced last year, has sharp, rectilinear lines to it. “A rectangular table leaves more room for variation: with a round tabletop there is always a certain amount of people that have to take place in order to fill up all the empty seats”, Dirk explains.
The Marina Line
Theoretically speaking, the picnic table from the new Marina-line is unlimited in length. It is made in one piece and is truly the show- stopper in Milan. In this particular design, we once again see the ‘Tools for Togetherness’ philosophy of Extremis: having a bunch of people over for a picnic was never easier. The seemingly endless table is perfect for entertaining large groups of guests, friends and family. The piece of furniture is up to 12 m long, so that around 40
people can take place at once. “We could even double the length if we wanted to, but in that case the customer has to come and pick up his table himself”, Wynants jokes.
The Marina picnic set is also available without the attached seating benches to create a free-standing table. What makes it unique is the fact that you can put together your own personal picnic scenery. Do you just want attached benches to the table? Or would you rather have detached chairs around it? Both versions are available. Further- more, a combination of chairs and benches is also possible. This way, a picnic setting is created that is different on each patio. Bruno Fat- torini & Partners also designed the detached chairs which are in fact based on a captain’s seat - staying true to the naval theme.
The showroom model of the Marina table at the Salone Interna- zionale del Mobile is about 12 m long, but the piece of furniture is also available in so-called normal measurements (starting from 2m20). For Extremis it was quite the challenge to be able to create a design that is accessible to great audiences budget wise, without having to discard the functional and design aspect. The fact that one does not need to buy all chairs separately because of the benches is a money-saver.