Contemporary look and practices, the renewal of the tools of the trade producing never-before-seen designs and shapes so complex that at times they seem impossible to fathom.
A healthy obsession; the expert yet fallible hand crafted results that are little short of technical perfection – because it’s only the little, almost imperceptible imperfections that tell you something is manmade with its accuracy and uniqueness.
Fluid lines which intertwine and run after each other. Dovetails that betray no signs of forcing.
It is thus that wood undergoes interesting material transfigurations, until, quite amazingly, it reveals itself again by the grain.
It is thus that the inlay, an ancient skill, finds new energy in the eccentricity of daring, personal interpretations.
The experimental, knowledgeable working of wood is the basis of a practice ready to take into account other people’s projects.
The pieces, unique or in limited editions, designed and realised entirely by Ivan Paradisi, are not the only arrival point.
Paradisi also adds to his collection with projects realised ad hoc, enriched with the ideas and visions of clients.
This co-planning is a way of pushing further down the road of experimentation along which Paradisi has already travelled some distance. To the originality of the shapes and designs are added what characterises possible combinations: many varieties of wood – such as ebony, maple, rosewood – which can cohabit happily with leather, steel, fabric, or even an entirely unexpected material like plastic.
Like a cross-section of a cloud, Brown Sugar reminds us of condensed spirals of air. The silhouette, the inlays, the designs on its surface oppose any concept of perpendicularity.
Brown Sugar is not only a piece of furniture in which objects can be kept behind the shutters but it is also a sculpture that can be observed and interpreted from multiple directions, just as one might with a cloud.
Among the pieces of the collection, this is the one that best conjures up the space of an office or, generally speaking, the time and place of work. Designed as an eccentric but elegant and functional desk, it is named after the city where it was made. The Italian city of Turin shines through the lines that are reminiscent of the dense weave of a metropolis while the contrast of wood colours is a tribute to Turin's imperial architecture.
Synchronicity embodies a moment in time of potential movement. The ebony profiles restrain the light maple wood which is trying to escape. Its organic shapes, almost zoomorphic, embrace its user, welcoming him or her in a concave space between its two drawers. It is here that the intricate inlay on the surface develops into a hypnotic diffusion of energy.
Inside story recalls the shapes and movements of an elegant insect or plant. It carries, suspended, a single drawer with an unexpectedly curvaceous profile. It combines elements from the past - such as the Louis XV legs – with a contemporary mood, which can be seen in the geometries on its surface and the use of empty spaces. It is the only piece in the collection which features the warm-coloured pear wood.
Ostensibly designed for the kitchen, the surface of Espresso Love shows a fork, a spoon and a knife, created in the unique multiple-surface inlay technique that characterizes the whole collection. Sharp-cornered and geometrical, it features broken lines and angles of different sizes.
If it could move, Master Blaster would proceed solemnly, with a purposeful stride. A strange animal that defies the law of gravity: its slender paws or trunks surprisingly support the gargantuan body. Made of African wood, it recalls the black continent and its gigantic animals.
Elegant, strong, ironic, this dormeuse is an experiment for its designer, Ivan Paradisi; the name itself is a play on words. His first attempt at a piece of furniture for sitting, it is abundantly baroque and recalls the 4/4 rhythmic cadence of music. Paradisi, a former musician, is often inspired by his past in his woodworking creations.
Ivan Paradisi's intuition reveals itself through a collection of objects, from inlayed boxes covered with steel to light and resistant bracelets. The latter are a tribute to fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré, whose Foundation has presented Ivan Paradisi's entire collection during the Fuorisalone 2016 in Milan.
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