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Step by Step, towards a total look for the living room

A game of steps that never start or finish takes us on a journey around the edge of space so that we can think about abstraction, and then be brought down to earth with the aid of matter. This is the scene Riflessi, a renowned Italian furniture manufacturer, will set to present its many novelties during the 2019 Milan Design Week, with the cooperation of Bruno Tarsia Studio and called “Step by Step”.

Step by step, reflection is stimulated by inverted perspectives, geometric constructions and visual ambiguity and we enter a world where the coordinates of reality are lost and the true stars are Riflessi furniture and complementary items, the only elements that appear concrete. Step by step, Riflessi is widening its range of products, which this year will include bookcases, sofas and easy chairs, ever closer to achieving a total look for living rooms.


The plain colour scheme on which our products are based is a common denominator for the new ones, providing freedom for every item in the new collection: freedom to imagine, plan and create a living room, but also to divide areas with Freewall, the first bookcase presented by Riflessi. Freewall is a fixed pattern modular system, available in two sizes: the first module is designed as a bookcase that can stand against a wall or be used as a partition with which to separate areas discreetly. The second module provides a refined background for a sofa. Customisable with the many Riflessi finishes for both the structure and shelves, the standard Freewall model comes with a graphite painted metal frame and hand-brushed brass shelves that enhance its slim profile.

The creativity of CarlesiTonelli Studio has produced the Yuma small sofa with matching easy chair and the Nova chair, two splendid creations featuring essential styling, with impeccable technical details. Careful attention to balancing materials and shape to encapsulate the past and the present is shown by the contrasting hand-brushed brass finish on the base and the elegant colours of the fabrics, recalling the unique atmosphere of the 30s. Dance inspires the seating concept of Yuma, a Japanese name that translates as ‘gracious ballerina’, which embraces formal rigour in its design while maintaining amazing levity; an object with legs so slim that it appears almost suspended in space. A luminous star is the inspiration for Nova, a new chair featuring intersecting lines that define well-balanced geometry and elements defined by meticulous details.

York is a refined padded easy chair with upholstered seat and backrest and a galvanised, painted metal structure which boasts a unique characteristic: its slim legs are crossed to ensure great stability and frame the ergonomic seating that curves up into a cocooning shape.

Chelsea and Giò are two chairs boasting sinuous shapes and a highly functional air: Chelsea is a chair with cold foamed polyurethane armrests and a steel back support and structure, and Giò is a padded, upholstered chair with technopolymer plastic shell.

Our range of lovely, warm-looking chairs with wooden frames is now enhanced by Grace, a beautiful chair designed by architect and designer Egidio Panzera, also available with leather upholstery and with or without armrests.

Designed to create a convivial atmosphere, Master is a table with timeless charm, designed by Molteni Baron Associati and available with a glass, ceramic or wooden top: on demand this latest version can be provided with a ceramic insert in a choice of colours: white statuary, grey Savoy stone, anthracite Savoy stone, glossy noir desir or glossy gold calacatta.

An unexpected ‘teardrop’ top is the special feature of the Coffee occasional table, available with a toughened glass top that reveals the three legs and comes either transparent or in a choice of smoke, pink, bronze, yellow or green, or with a ceramic top.

The enthusiasm of the Riflessi Lab, a team of young creatives at the heart of Riflessi models, has produced three new, eclectic collections of mirrors: Pixel, Icon and Selfie. Pixel is a square mirror with inclined surfaces that create a strange, three dimensional effect. Icon is a very particular mirror framed in solid wood with Canaletto walnut inserts and Selfie is a collection of mirrors with bevelled edges in different shapes and dimensions that when combined are perfect for taking an original, de-structured selfie.

Craftsmanship is fundamental for a company with a sartorial approach like Riflessi, which has chosen the famous Italian glass district on the island of Murano to extend its Lights collection. Tiffany is a blown glass lamp fabricated using the ancient Balotòn method, a classical diamond shaped pattern achieved by placing the ball of molten glass into a mould known as a “bronzin”, which impresses the typical ‘mesh’ pattern on the glass when it is blown.

As confirmation of Riflessi’s faith in the creativeness of young designers, we present a preview of Planet, a splendid lamp resulting from the company’s latest experience in the academic world, which dealt with the subject of illumination. Riflessi recently began cooperating with the Department of Architecture of Naples Federico II University, in particular with the students attending the Master Degree Course in Design for the Built Environment. The students were involved in designing new illumination equipment and some of their experiments were brought to life by putting them into production. This was the case with Planet, previewed at the 2019 Fuorisalone.

A set of different sized tubular elements feature exceptional finishes such as pink gold, brushed gold and graphite: this is the structure of Stilo, a new collection of Riflessi light fittings, whose number and colour are fully customisable.

Our range of sideboards with wooden structures and ceramic tops is joined by three new models that combine good looks and singular features: Live, Cross and Frame. Designed by Egidio Panzera, Live is a four-door storage cabinet: the central doors are in hand-brushed brass and the side ones are in smoky grey glass that conveniently open to an amazing 180°. Cross takes inspiration from the table and console of the same name in an object that exalts its natural style: a sideboard with heat-treated coke oak wood, shown here with a smoke or bronze mirror top. Frame has a more classical style; a sober sideboard with sliding coplanar doors, presented with a grey, water-based lacquered finish that fits perfectly into essential, minimal ambiences.


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