For several months I have posted images of things recent and of inspiration. However, when I came across the Fortepiano, designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Molteni&C., I wanted to devote more space than a solitary image allows.
Upon its launch in 2011, the Fortepiano was described as a ‘system for flexible living’, manufactured with durable materials and composed of three basic components, two container types, modular shelves and very thick tops, all designed with 280 mm modular width.
As shown in the images above and below, modular shelves can be freely wall-mounted in any desired position, either vertical, or horizontal, or in both directions, to allow designers to plan bookcases, living-room and all domestic furnishings with the unrestrained creativity and functional rigour typical of these systems. Essentially, the system was designed for easy storage of objects which crowd many homes and is ideal for those living in or converting their homes to a minimalist aesthetic.
The Fortepiano is unique in its design, integrating simplicity, elegance and functionality to enhance product quality and is available in a variety of woods, colours, matt and high gloss lacquers and finishes. However, the company behind its manufacture and distribution, Molteni&C. have been known for craftsmanship and exceptional product innovation since their inception in 1934 in Giussano, Italy.
Despite being a family-owned company, they expanded, becoming one of Italy’s leading furniture groups collaborating with various Italian and international designers, such as, Foster+Partners, Ferruccio Laviani, Patricia Urquiola and Cini Boeri. Their parent company, Molteni, encompasses three other furniture retailers, Unifor, Dada and Citterio, each offering a distinctive selection of furniture design for home and business environments.
Molteni&C. can be visited at their flagship London store, located at 199 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR.