designed by Roberto Mango
Pezzi di Napoli is proud to offer a new edition of Sunflowers, a modern revival of this cult item of modern design: an object that instils both indoor and outdoor spaces with character and light-heartedness.
The Sunflowers armchair was designed by Roberto Mango (Naples 1920-2003) in the mid-1950s: Mediterranean, evocative, cultured and refined,
just like the Neapolitan architect and designer himself. Essential in form, genius in the pairing of textures and materials, Sunflowers is composed of just
two different parts: the backrest-seat and the supporting base. The top is a wicker cone that is reminiscent of the baskets and traps that were hand-woven
by artisans and fishermen; the base is a minimalist tripod made of iron with a black varnish finish.
The pairing might first appear simple, but reveals an ingenious underlying approach, whereby the delicacy and the sensibility of manual craftsmanship
co-exists with the solid consistency and mutable ductility of metal.
An architect and designer who sapiently infused all of his projects with a combination of Neapolitan spirit and avant-garde concepts.
Never losing sight of his origins, he looked forward with great open-mindedness. After completing his degree, at the University of Naples, he moved to the
United States, in 1949, where industrial design had become an integral part of the productive culture. He studied at several of the best American universities,
and had the opportunity to meet Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe in person, while undertaking intensive didactic seminars on the differing roles of
design in Europe and America.
From 1951-1953 he was Art Director for the American magazine, Interiors. During those years, he also acted as the United States’ correspondent for
Domus, through which he promoted American design within the Italian cultural and productive circles. While in the States, he met and
frequented Charles Eames and Le Corbusier. By 1953, he had returned to Naples and spent long periods in Positano, where he encountered
masterful artisans: this sparked his creation of objects made in an international stile, while also showcasing artisanal craftsmanship. They were
furnishings made of wood, lamps made of straw and glass. These pieces demonstrated that it was possible to establish a cultured and intellectual rapport between
artisanship and design, “because design can also be artisanal”. It was during these years that Sunflowers was created, the synthesis of his
experience, because the first exemplar of this armchair was produced specifically between Naples – where able local craftsmen produced the wicker shell –
and the United States, where he produced the circular iron support base. From 1954 to ’64, Mango collaborated with the Triennale di Milano.
In 1958, preceding the curricula of other university campuses at the time, he held the first classes in industrial design in the Architecture Department at the
University of Naples; and where he also held an exhibition dedicated to American design and production. Successively, he helped found the University’s
the School of Industrial Design, also the first-of-its-kind in Italy, opening the path for specialist training in the field. The studies and experiments
conducted within the Department of Architecture in Naples earned him the coveted Compasso d’Oro ADI prize in 1967.
This chaise longue was born through the fusion of colours, design and functionality.
Made as a tribute to relaxation and an homage to Neapolitan
“intalio”, the piece is a manifestation of style and character. For comfort that was designed especially for leisure time, with an elegantly discrete oak shelf that can be pulled out in an instant.
Practical and ergonomic with an adjustable headrest, this luxurious lounge chair is characterized by a 45cm-high seat. The comfortable cushion is covered with soft, precious Textile Tales fabrics, designed and hand-drawn by Stefania Ricci , exclusively for Pezzi di Napoli.
From ‘Ntalliarse, in Neapolitan dialect
Pensive, can also mean to dillydally, indulge, and is synonymous with words relating to the concept of “wasting time”.
indugiare, o altri numerosi sinonimi collegati al concetto Derives from the Latin word “talis” (heels) with the prefix “in”,
forming the word “in-talos” or “to rest on one’s heels”,
or metaphorically, to stay still.
Freed from the law of fixed geometries, the lampshade becomes variable and shimmering.
Barlumi explores a new light conception. No more barriers and filters, just a light source conveyor, that does not hold resistance to the moulding hand.
A piece of unique design, exclusively crafted for Pezzi di Napoli with “Stripes”, the prestigious fabric of Allegra Hicks, inspired by the sea waves.
Barlumi is a turning point in the lamp shade landscape; more space to the creativity, the personal taste, the versatility.
The lamp shades, available in different models and colours, can be applied to abat-jour, floor and wall lamps and chandeliers.
Exclusively for Pezzi di Napoli Barbara Lambrecht has combined the shape of classic “carrè” with “Stripes” colours.
Stripes is the prestigious fabric of Allegra Hicks, inspired by the sea waves.