Traditional with a twist of modern

Traditional with a twist of modern

A look at the new Vimini Collection by Patricia Urquiola.

With a vibe as relaxed as its woven outdoor fibers, the new Vimini collection of dining armchairs, sofas, and side tables is as open and easy-going as its designer, Patricia Urquiola.

Inspired by the iconic Basket chair designed in the 1950s by Danish designers Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, this fresh reinvention for an elegant outdoor living.

“We called it Vimini because it means wicker in Italian and sounds like Bimini, an island I like,” is Urquiola’s simple explanation of the collection’s name. But, as is true with all fine luxury furniture, what looks deceptively easy is actually quite exacting to create. “We used just the right amount of outdoor wicker with a rougher wooden frame. It doesn’t have the same modernist spirit as the Basket, but it’s familiar enough that, when you get close, it stirs a memory and makes you feel at home. That’s what it was, more or less – an object of memory.”

Familiar yet new, fresh yet timeless, Vimini’s classic, laid-back appeal is as comfortable as it is stylish. The chair, which consists of a basket with large backrest cushions, has a modernist look from the back and sides, which perfectly balances the traditional feel of the braiding. The result is both light and utterly inviting.

Vimini was created by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal, one of the most innovative international design groups since its beginnings in 1966 and just one of many renowned brands available at Studio Italia.

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