Key facts

Product:
Paso Doble
Family:
Paso Doble
Manufacturer:
i 4 Mariani >
Designer:
Luca Scacchetti >
Architonic ID:
1331630
Country:
Italy
Launched:
2002
Manufacturer groups :
Tables-Desks >
Groups:
Tables-Desks >

Product family

Concept

A simple, slender trestle is doubled on the short sides of the desk. A “formal assertion”, a repetition, a doubling, the reduction of a more compact, solid leg to its skeleton, to the marginal lines, to its limits. Running off from the trestles are metal brackets, also doubled and shaped like a broken line, which support a lightweight, suspended top: a sort of overhead covering of a more solid, architectural underlying construction. The entire geometry, with its subtle relations between the elementary forms that make up this range, is extremely refined, super-controlled, planned and with its own precise rules. Like in a ballet, where the apparent naturalness of the steps and the movements follow pre-established patterns that are endlessly repeatable in a ritual way. The cabinets also play on this idea of repetition. A “formal stutter” used as a means to bring back sense and attention to the observer .The repeated element in this case is a long, slender handle in saddle leather. Leather, black walnut and metal are the materials in this Paso Doble, ballet of forms, where lightness and rules cross over continuously without a stumble.

Specifications:

The desk tops consist of 30 or 35 mm thick melamine coated panels; the edge of the 4 short sides is bevelled to 30°. The top may be covered either completely in saddle leather or only on the outer edges. In this second case an insert is fixed in the central part; it can be a black walnut veneered partyicleboard panel or a glass insert painted black underneath. The supports for the top consist of two double legs in solid black walnut wood, milled on the upper edges to allow a metal plate to be housed that is in turn fixed to the top. This plate comprises four spheroidal graphite cast iron "brackets" to which a steel bar is welded; a steel foot is fixed to the end of the two double legs and also acts as spacer between the same two legs. The two double legs are also connected together by a stabilizing steel bar, which also provides a further support for the desk top. All the above mentioned metal parts are wrinkled black epoxy powder varnished. The desks may be fitted with a modesty panel consisting of a 20 mm thick black walnut finish melamine coated panel with a saddle leather detail at the ends or completely covered by saddle leather. The extensions are a 35 mm thickness black melamine coated panel bevelled on all 4 sides and fully covered in leather. This top is fixed on one side to the desk leg by a varnished steel plate; it has a support on the other side, which may be either a single leg identical to the of the desk or a drawer unit. The drawer unit has a structure in 20 mm thick coated panel with black walnut finish and 4 drawers; the drawer front is in melamine coated panel covered by saddle leather or in particleboard panel veneered with black walnut. The single or modular conference tables have tops made with 35 mm thickness black melamine coated panel fully covered by saddle leather, while the supports are identical to those of the desk.

The cabinets are made with black walnut finish melamine coated panel and the thickness of the elements varies from 20 mm to 30 mm. A leather finish is inserted along the whole front at the bottom of each cabinet. The top is made in 30 mm thick melamine coated panel with a black walnut finish, bevelled along the front edge; in the 96 mm high cabinet it is fully covered by saddle leather, while in the 176 mm high cabinet only the front edge is covered by saddle leather. The support for the drawer units consists of 4 casters or 4 feet in spheroidal graphite cast iron wrinkled black epoxy powder varnished and a small strip of leather with an anti-scratch function. The 3, 4 and 5 units cabinet have 1 or 2 extra central cylindrical feet with the same finishes positioned in the centre. The drawn finely ribbed aluminium handles are wrinkled black epoxy powder varnished and covered by saddle leather in the upper part; they are inserted in a special groove in the door and the drawer. The fronts of the drawers, files and doors are in black walnut veneered particleboard panels or in black walnut finish melamine coated panel covered by saddle leather.