Since when have you known Extremis? How did the collaboration start? How did you get started designing?
“I met Dirk from Extremis for the first time in 2001 in my capacity as CEO and owner of MDF, a company I founded in 1992. We immediately took a spontaneous liking to each other.
From then onwards, Dirk and I regularly saw each other at trade fairs and we both appreciated each other’s products. When I founded Bruno Fattorini & Partners (now Metrica) together with Robin Rizzini, we were immediately very interested in the outdoor furniture market. Our cooperation with Extremis has started spontaneously after the 2011 edition of the Salone del Mobile.”
“Extremis saw our studio as the perfect partner to design a new system for outdoor living. The uniqueness and strong point of our design studio is the fact that we offer design projects backed by research and development in a logic of great practicality: we want to introduce products to the market whose creativity is taken to a higher level by combining design, technology and manufacturing processes.”
“Yes, I think Dirk had a project in mind that focused on creating innovative content with great attention to detail both formally and construction-wise, united in a very straightforward design language. This was our starting point for the Marina project. A table for outdoor use whose archetypical image explicitly refers to the picnic tables used in Northern Europe.”
“So we have combined a very straightforward and linear design with technologies and materials new to the sector. The table and the bench are in fact made of pultrusion glass fibre profiles (pultrusion being a continuous process for manufacturing composite materials with a constant cross-section using correctly positioned structural fibres pulled through a heated die). Pultrusion results in profiles of up to 20 metres in length.”
“To us design is not a process purely focussing on aesthetics and shapes, but a discipline capable of creating identity and value by using innovative materials and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, sometimes even borrowed from other industries”.
“When working on the Marina project, it was essential to us to fully grasp the Tools for Togetherness philosophy of Extremis. Objective: eating and drinking together outdoors, with up to 40 people at the same table. And to reach this objective we have searched and found the appropriate technology and materials.