Tuesday, 21 September 2010

TENT London - London Design Festival

Rovi
Don't forget if your in London this weekend to come and visit us at TENT (just off brick lane)  23rd - 26th September.


We're going to have three pieces of furniture on show - The Rovi Cabinet, Elementi and the Sbalzo Coffee Table.
Elementi

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Quick snap of our stand - G32 at TENT

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Rovi Cabinet

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At first glance the Rovi Sideboard is a very minimal and elegant aluminum cabinet.  Then the viewer notices the unit is in fact broken by branches (rather than standard handles) which weave through the cabinet’s structure – in doing so become one with it. Lastly Rovi’s thorns are realized – making the handles seem almost inaccessible.

Rovi playfully reverses our relationship with a piece of fine furniture.  You are at risk … rather than having to be careful of how you handle or open a more delicate piece of furniture.

The unit is constructed of black pigmented high density fiberboard, which has been faced with 3mm aluminum sheet.  The doors of the unit are mitred so that they seamlessly fit.

The original handle branches were hand carved by Andrea from Sycamore, with Holy wood thorns.  These were then used to construct two part silicon molds from which the handles have been cast using a polyester resin.

Designed and Manufacture in 2010 by Andrea Felice.  The cabinet will be shown to the public for the first time at TENT London 2010.

The sideboards are designed to be made to order and are manufactured in house. Production will be limited.  Rovi is  1190mm x 740mm x 450mm in size.  However bespoke sized versions can be produced on commission.

Rovi means bramble or thorny bush in Italian.
 
 
A specially thank you to Holly Jolliffe for her stunning photography and Richard Douglas for studio and set. 

 



Oak Bespoke TV Cabinet


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A very large bespoke TV unit constructed from two tone solid and veneered Oak.

The unit was designed by Wayne Maxwell Design, with AF Designs handcrafting all the woodwork in their London studio.  The organic details have been designed and individually hand carved by Andrea Felice himself - each one is totally unique.
A specialist (made to order) electric TV lift elevates the 52" plasma screen at the touch of a remote control button.  Incorporated are controls for turning the screen left/right. The top opening is hidden when the screen is down by a matching wooden panel mounted on an automated lid closure devise.  AF Designs integrated the specialist TV lift as the unit was built. (video below shows mechanism in action).

Finishing of the Oak has been done by hand, with a stain applied to produce a two-tone effect.  Giving the cabinet a wonderful velvet feeling when touched.
When the unit is opened (both ends house cupboard/draw space) a bright red lacquer interior is unexpectedly revealed.

The units spans 2.8m in width and is 1.1m high and 0.65m deep.




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