October 17, 2017 | Updated: December 18, 2018


PORCELANOSA Group Projects: Fabio Gianoli challenges logic with a Krion® table for EdilBi Suisse

One of the finalists at the 10th PORCELANOSA Group Architecture and Interior Design Awards, in the Completed Projects category is based on an innovative design that was looking for, above all, breaking the rules through surprising shapes, lines and materials. A design that projects creativity through two tables made by the interior designer, Fabio Gianoli, for the renowned pharmaceutical company of global and multisectorial services, EdilBi, in its Swiss branch, EdilBi Suisse. Taking as its origin an everyday piece like a table, the author reinvents, in a creativity exercise, the element until turning it into a concept that moves away from any pre-established idea. Therein lies the greatness of this project.

One of the most common handicaps when creating impossible designs is having material that provides the sought-after properties and aesthetics. For this reason, Fabio Gionoli banks on the Krion® Solid Surface compact mineral. A thermocurvable product that can be adapted to any design.

The meeting room table

To create the meeting room table, the interior designer was inspired by the purity and fluidity of water movement, as well as the resistance and strength of water in its most solid state. “It was more of a challenge than an experiment,” the designer claims. This meets the needs of a curvilinear design that defies the laws of gravity through light, simple and elegant shapes, carried out through a laborious process of moulding and thermoforming.

In such a way, this creates an irregular 5 metre long and 1.6 metre wide table without noticeable joints. Its strength against weight related breakage is guaranteed thanks to an iron frame placed inside the table and fixed to the ground. Thus, offering the optical illusion of being a single light and delicate piece.

Office table

The second piece made by Fabio Gionoli meets the needs of the director’s office table. An element made with the Krion® compact mineral to create a monolithic and carved shape, with pronounced inclinations on its ends.

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