Architect and furniture designer Chris Connell in his Melbourne home for our SEE dedece series featuring creatives, emerging and established. He founded Map furniture and has worked with the most renowned restaurateurs in Australia to create furniture which is simple and functional. He is also a painter and creates vases and accessories.
Curved forms and natural materials are highlighted in this summer’s Minotti outdoor collection. A strong mid-century inspiration sees the use of natural teak, woven cord and low slung forms across the range. These archetypal elements are balanced against contemporary forms in the Fynn collection of armchairs and dining chairs with their softly curved hand-made frames and wicker-like seat and backs. The Fynn dining and coffee tables echo the slim lines and smooth curves of the seating elements.
While the Daiki armchair takes a 1950s recliner as its starting point, Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan modernises it with strong clean lines, and luxurious materials. Cord and teak are also employed in the Sunray collection to create a strong horizontal platform which supports an open and relaxed frame. This range, including lounge chair and various modular sofa elements, playfully juxtaposes different shapes and these classic materials. Balancing its 20th century influence, sophisticated crafting artistry and modern shapes this outdoor collection is a breath of fresh air.
Now helmed by the third generation of the Minotti family, Rodolfo Dordoni guarantees the modern-classic aspect of the portfolio while collaborations with designers including Frenchman Christophe Delcourt and Japan’s Nendo bring in fresh perspective.