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I like that Stefano Pugliese calls his latest furniture collection a ‘family.’ According to Pugliese, the Furniture Family is from Chitaly, or Italy and Chile, the two countries where the pieces were made. The simple, plywood forms are already childlike and playful, and by calling the whole set a family it evokes images of afternoon playtime or sitting down to breakfast with your children.
But there’s also a formal elegance at work here. Pugliese lets you see – in fact wants you to see – the joinery between the seat or the table top and the legs, and because this normally concealed aspect of furniture making is exposed, he takes full advantage of it by joining the stools together with fun and whimsical shapes. There’s an exclamation point, an X or a plus sign and a single line with two dots that become a round face.
Pugliese said the design was born from “a formal exercise that explores the mechanical and aesthetic value of plywood paired with black Raystone, which is a 100% organic petrol-free bio composite board produced from the waste of sugar production. Through digital controlled cutting technology and simple finishing work, the project seeks to deliver different solutions starting from a single type of joint. Like all members of a family, all pieces are slightly different but similar.”