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Portobello is a simple bowl but with a twist. Something between a tray and a bowl. It is not too loud, but not too plain either. It is even decorative. Decoration that arises from the making process, and using a constructive logic. This is probably where it finds its balance.
"What interests me is the savoir-faire, the precision in the way materials are employed, and that things are done with passion. I’m not so preoccupied by the division of the objects between those that are for everyday and those which are not. Something you’re happy to use and live with everyday is probably my definition of a good object. You can convey the same sensations, sensibility and vision of the world whatever the context is. But I’m not pre-occupied with archetypes. An unfamiliar object can still become a good everyday companion."
- Julie Richoz, Switzerland c.2020
- Oiled, Solid Ash Wood of European origin
- Made in Italy
- Height 80mm / 3.15"
- Diameter 180mm / 7"
- Base Diameter 75mm / 3"
- Height 65mm / 2.5"
- Diameter 250mm / 9.8"
- Base Diameter 95mm / 3.74"
Julie Richoz is a Swiss-French designer. After graduating from ECAL/University of Art and Design, Lausanne (2012), she worked for Pierre Charpin. Since 2015, she set up her design studio in Paris, where she develops her own language through objects, furniture, lighting and textiles. Her clients include Alessi, Louis Poulsen, Tectona, and Louis Vuitton among others. She was a designer-in-residency at CIRVA/ Research Center on Art and Glass in Marseille (2013), at Sèvres/Cité de la Céramique (2013), and at Casa Wabi, Mexico (2017). She was awarded the Grand Prix at Design Parade (2012) and Bourse Leenaards (2016). Since 2017, she has taught design at ECAL.
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.