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15 Years of Cesar, Van Dyck and Hamilton

Minotti in Archiproducts

The value of an industrial product is measured in time. It is difficult to say if a new product will be successful. Intuition, creativity, design are unpredictable skills and are not based on scientific calculations that guarantee certain results. But time can help us understand the true value of an artefact, by documenting its persistence in the world and confirming, year by year, its importance within people’s daily living.

In 2019 three Minotti icons turn fifteen. Cesar side table, Van Dyck table and Hamilton sofa have been all designed by Rodolfo Dordoni in 2004 and are still main protagonists of interior spaces all around the world.

Cesar is a sculpture that at times acts as a coffee table, an interior decor or a stool according to how and where it is put on scene. Its eclectic and multi-functional personality has developed in time becoming an authentic icon of Minotti style. When it was first designed, the element had two possible colour finishings. In the years, following the different moods of Minotti’s yearly collections, new versions have been created reaching a total of today’s 17 colour palette. The stool has thus become a metaproject where it is possible to combine two different forms, both in a glossy lacquered finishing. It has been photographed in every possible living scenario – living room, kitchen, bedroom and also in the bathroom – and in different contexts – homes and corporate working spaces. In 2013, we launched its outdoor version proposing four different colour variants: glossy lacquered White, Celadon, Granite and Sand finish.

What makes Van Dyck a timeless product is its base. It is a sculpture that combines sophisticated constructive detailing with a series of luxurious finishes. It is possible to personalize each table by combining different forms for the top and materials for both top and bases. The top can be in multiple sizes in round, square, rectangular shapes. There are many top finishings, ranging from Smoked Grey tempered glass to Calacatta marble, as well as sophisticated wood options like Canaletto Walnut and oak, offered in natural brushed open pore stained in Grey, open pore lacquered in Moka or Black. In 2017 Van Dyck has been also designed in the outdoor version to bring its distinctive sign even in open-air spaces.

Hamilton is a seating system with a simple design which allows flexibility and personalisation within interior compositions. When it was first presented it triggered a revolution, leading the way to sofas with low to the floor basis and versatile combinations of modules. It is this detail that makes it recognizable: the Black-Nickel finished metal base features the structure slightly raised from the ground and runs along the entire perimeter of the system like a frame. The bottom frame structure is a characteristic that has become, ever since, a signature for many other Minotti sofas developed in the following collections up to today, a strong sign of distinction that has been implemented with a large range of finishings and forms. Today Hamilton is a family of three typologies of products – Hamilton, Hamilton “Sofa” and Hamilton “Modulo” with a combination of 53 elements. In time Minotti has collected a wide range of photographs picturing Hamilton in a myriad of circumstances, a chameleon that can adapt to any room setting, constantly changing its architecture but also its skin. Dynamicity, versatility, and flexibility, these are the three words that better describe this product that has lent itself to on-going growth, in new shapes and new purposes, since the day it was first launched.

Article Reproduced from Archiproducts, all Rights Acknowledged

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