Made entirely of enamelled steel, the design process was an exercise in purity and simplicity for the studio and the result is an exceptionally durable collection that is both contemporary and classic. A table that stands out for its forceful graphic approach, a contemporary reinterpretation of the themes of the great design classics. The top takes an innovative technical approach, of tangible thickness in the softly curved borders, exploiting the sculptural potential of the material.
The rounded volumes and enveloping forms, together with a support structure that offers stability in a composition of great visual lightness, make Smalto a perfect choice for various spaces in the home, responding to a wide range of different needs. The finely balanced proportions and subtle interaction of the top and the curves give Smalto a refined, discreet look that can be completed by a wide range of contemporary or classic seatings.
Smalto has a strong but friendly look, perfect at home in any decor. In a modern language, it reinterprets the skilful combination of aesthetic features – like the various colors ranging from grey/green, to blue, to grey, to dark aubergine – and structural details, obtained through the technology and craftsmanship that set Knoll apart in all its collections.
Barber Osgerby is the London studio of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby (both b. 1969), established in 1996. Their work encompasses furniture, lighting, product and graphic design, as well as interior architecture via their Universal Design Studio. Designers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic torch and a £2 commemorate coin, they have collaborated with prestige brands including Vitra, Cappellini, Flos, Knoll and Emeco.
Knoll products are defined by a distinct modern sensibility. From classics by the likes of Mies van der Rohe to ground-breaking designs by contemporary creatives including Marc Newson, David Adjaye, Barber Osgerby and Rem Koolhaas.