Architect and designer Stefano Giovanni has curated an exceptional roster of talent to come together and create pieces under the new brand, Ghidini 1961. Bringing together the world renowned manufacturing excellence of the foundry Ghidini Bosco of Villa Carcina, specialists in die casting brass, aluminium and zamak, with some of the most iconic designers of modern times, Giovanni has created a new brand-leader in brass products. A recent addition to Amara, The LuxPad explore this contemporary brand, the history that influenced it and the designers who are shaping its future…
A long-time home of Italy’s iconic manufacturing skill, Ghidini Bosco of Villa Carcina is located in the province of Brescia. Here the foundry thrives as specialists in die casting brass, aluminium and zamak, excelling in combining advanced technologies and rapid prototyping with traditional craft skills. Their vast portfolio of products spans thousands of designs, from lighting fixtures to furnishing items and decorative items.
Over the last fifty years Ghidini Bosco has established close ties with many international architects and designers. Together they have developed custom products and continue to create classical and contemporary art items. All of the production takes place in-house, and is characterised by a meticulous attention to detail: from the idea to the end product. Each design passes through the various processing stages; from pressure die casting to lost wax and gravity casting, from machining to drilling, from satin finishing to sand-blasting and polishing.
All of this expertise and experience has laid the solid foundations of Ghidini 1961, the new design brand created in 2016 under the art direction of Stefano Giovannoni. Putting together a diversified creative team, Giovannoni has curated his team on the ability to enhance the properties of brass. A luxurious material which features golden tones and reflections, tactile with a velvety smooth surface, the brand feel it has so far been unjustly disregarded by contemporary design. Being aware of the corporate potential, the creative team skilfully led by Giovanni, has developed a remarkable collection of items of furniture and accessories for daily use, which are characterised by innovative design, smoothed by classical and playful shades, consistent with the nature of brass.The resulting Ghidini collection comprises works of art, where brass acquires an almost sculptural power, bearing witness to Ghidini’s obsession for details.
Almost all of their catalogue of designs are for use at home, which are interpreted in an unusual joyful way. One of the most iconic pieces to already emerge is the striking door stopper in the shape of a rabbit, with a skilfully rounded profile, designed by Stefano Giovannoni. He has also created small desktop versions to be used as paperweights; and a version as salt & pepper shakers.
There is the fabulously surreal champagne cooler in the shape of a large thimble, conceived by Studio Job and one with large circular handles by Richard Hutten, who also designed a coat stand in the shape of a stem on which there are wide-open winged butterflies. Everything is made with an exact precision, from paper bins to fruit bowls all characterised by a geometric weave, made in such a skilful way as not even to require any welding of the sides.
Nika Zupanc’s platters in the shape of palm leaves are characterised by an outstanding surface finish. Then there are Stefano Giovannoni’s rectangular anthropomorphic platters, where geometric shapes are softened by a series of “humans” who stand along the edges and also appear at the top of salt and pepper shakers, like a personal brand.
In its rich variety, the collection is a compendium of the most significant contemporary creative expressions, interpreted and enhanced by Ghidini’s skilful expertise and ability to interpret brass in all its possible shapes and finishes.
Shop the Ghidini 1961 collection now at Amara, and fill your home with stunning contemporary artworks.