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The design for the Facile table came about as a result of a quest to build a bridge between the twelve product ranges that existed in the Mattiazzi collection. They were looking for a simple (“facile”) table which can be used together with any of the collection’s chairs. So that is where the name came from, although they could have named the table “rondine”, or more accurately “coda di rondine”, after the dovetail joint which characterises this example of Mattiazzi craftsmanship.
This choice of joint was inspired by its use in furniture in local mining regions, where the designers noticed its unobtrusive, simple beauty. It has been in use there for centuries, often to secure the legs of small stools to the seat. A dovetail can be very precise and straightforward. Sometimes it seems a little too simple and fragile, leaving you wondering whether the stool might teeter like a young foal taking its first tentative steps.
But there are no such worries with the Facile bench, where the elegant dovetail expresses a sturdy simplicity to complement the sophistication of all Mattiazzi products, integrating the bench and table perfectly into the collection.
- Lambl Homburger, Germany c.2017
- Solid, waxed ash of European origin
- Made in Italy
- Height 46cm / 18.1"
- Depth 35cm / 13.8"
- Width 118cm / 46.5" or 180cm / 70.9"
Lambl / Homburger is a Berlin based design and consultancy—office for communication, art direction and product design. Florian Lambl (*1977) studied communication and productdesign in Bolzano. Before founding his own office in Cologne 2004, he was art director at Meiré and Meiré and assistant of Mike Meiré. Birgitta Homburger (*1972) studied art history and communication design and worked as an art director for BBDO, before founding Lambl Homburger thogether with Florian Lambl in 2006.
They work and cooperate with a large international network of architects, designers, photographers, artists and editors. Lambl Homburger’s multidisciplinary and flexible approach enables unique solutions suited for their clients and projects. Florian Lambl and Birgitta Homburger have won more than 50 national and international prizes and teach at head in Geneva as well as the University of Arts (UDK) Berlin. Lambl Homburger is also responsible for the overall communication of Mattiazzi and developed the brand concept for the Mattiazzi collection. Since the launch of this collection, Florian Lambl is art directing the products.
Among contemporary furniture manufacturers, Mattiazzi, the family owned producer of wooden furniture in Udine, Italy, is uncommon. While many producers in that region rely on third party factories and work in diverse materials, Mattiazzi operates with their own machines and hands, and has developed a healthy obsession for woodworking. Since 1978, when brothers Nevio and Fabiano Mattiazzi founded the company, Mattiazzi has steadily cultivated its local manufacturing culture. Their network of wood shops is diverse enough to support any manufacturing process the brand may need. Every shop has its own focus, from milling to lacquering, and a particular process always belongs to a specific part of town. But don’t let the neighborhood approach confuse you: Mattiazzi is no backyard shop. Their highly specialized craftsmen operate the most sophisticated machinery available to the wood industry. An eight-axis CNC milling machine allows wood to take the complex shapes associated with injection-molded plastic. Operating such a machine is an art and Mattiazzi disproves the modern myth that mechanized manufacturing is not a craft.