Memphis Metropolis

I like the combination of wood and metal and this is why Metropolis Collection from Memphis has caught my attention straight away. This collection is so simple and elegant at the same time and reminds me of 60's Brutalist style.

About the Collection:
Metropolis, the new furniture collection, designed by Giacomo Moor for Post Design, is a system composed of seven pieces (coffee table, desk, wardrobe, console, bookcase, horizontal and vertical wall system) in a 25 limited edition production, each numbered and signed  by the designer. Precious walnut wood volumes, framed in black-varnished iron reticular structures, evolve through space in increasingly different ways: they outline architectural shapes that, in addition to responding to specific demands, evoke archetypal metropolis skylines, crystallized over time and locked into the collective imagination. The geometrical strictness of the iron structure matches, in a sort of delicate balance, with the warm materialness of walnut wood, in a rather intense synthesis that emphasizes the significance of wood and its handcrafted manufacturing expressed by drawers with 45° dovetail joints and a handcrafted water-based finish.The furniture collection does not explicitly show all the features to the user straight away. Wooden components hang suspended in an ambiguous dimension, inviting to discover secret parts, drawers and trap doors. The function of the compartments is hidden due to absence of handles, which are replaced by small black varnished eyelets to discreetly suggest the opening. This form-function relationship sets the system free form from a strictly referential dimension.

COFFEE TABLE
The main iron structure supports two walnut wood volumes. The trap door of the volume on the left, once turned up, becomes a tray.


BABEL PARETE ATTREZZATA VERTICALE
The main iron structure, densely reticulated, supports three walnut wood volumes with different opening systems: the one on the left opens with a swinging door and with a trap door, the one in the center with a drawer, and the one on the right with a flap door.



DEDALUS BOOKCASE
Three identical iron structures, placed one on top of the other, welcome three walut wood volumes: two open with a swinging door and one with a flap door.



PERSEPOLIS DESK
The main iron structure supports three walnut wood volumes: the one on the right side opens with a drawer and a small trap door, the one on the left with a big trap door and the one on top with a swinging door. The top is made of ultra-clear glass.


TECLA Wardrobe
The main iron structure supports two walnut wood volumes that evolve vertically and horizontally respectively. The volume on the left is a case with internal shelves; the one on the right opens downwards, with a flap door.