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A series that contrasts with each other on a sensory and perceptual level

Incalmi and Debonademeo introduce Ossimori –  an eclectic furniture and accessories collection with handcrafted layered glass as the protagonist

A collection of furniture and accessories characterized by primary materials that beautifully contrast with each other on a sensory and perceptual level – Incalmi and Debonademeo presented Ossimori at EDIT Napoli 2023.

This Ossimori project was first previewed at Design Variations, the event curated by Milan-based studio MoscaPartners at the Milan Philological Institute during Fuorisalone 2023.

Ossimori by Incalmi and Debonademeo
Ossimori by Incalmi and Debonademeo

“We research, design and develop products for major names in the world of luxury, design and architecture with the aim of crafting objects that are unique in the world in terms of inspiration, creativity and workmanship.

We’re constantly engaged in research activities on materials and processing and for the second year in a row we decided to collaborate with a design studio to create a collection supported by a strong concept, capable of synthesizing our culture and the know-how of our network of artisans!” shares Incalmi.

This is the way in which – together with Debonademeo, a design studio founded by Luca De Bona and Dario De Meo, between Padua and Milan – the Ossimori project was born, that seamlessly found expression in an innovative series of furniture and accessories.

Ossimori by Incalmi and Debonademeo
Ossimori by Incalmi and Debonademeo

“The name of this project is inspired by the rhetorical figure of oxymoron, that is, the juxtaposition of two contrary concepts. Hence the idea, consistent with our DNA, of making contrary concepts coexist in the vocabulary of design – material and thought; shape and function; innovation and tradition!” they add.

The protagonist of this one-of-a-kind collection is handcrafted layered glass, harmoniously blended with wood and enameled copper. 

Additionally, the furniture collection, featuring a bookcase, a console table and a coffee table is effortlessly embodied by essential lines, however is the result of a complex design that requires meticulous technical skill. 

An interplay of transparencies and overlapping layers tricks the observer’s perception, changing depending on the position one assumes in the space. 

Ossimori by Incalmi and Debonademeo
Ossimori by Incalmi and Debonademeo

A small series of ad hoc designed accessories further accompanies the furniture – a glass, wood and enameled copper vase; a wood and steel tray; a glass sphere and an enameled copper bowl. 

In parallel, the research focused on colors, an area that the Debonademeo studio has been analyzing and investigating for years. 

“For the enameled copper, we developed three novel shades in the pink, lilac and green color fields. In total, as many as eight craft laboratories of our network were involved in the making of the pieces!” concludes Incalmi

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