RIVA Celebrates their 95 Years of Design Focusing on WOOD in iSaloni

Published on : Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 is a very important year for Riva 1920, which celebrates 95 years of furniture making by presenting a retrospective view over its last 20 years of activity.


All the pieces on show were displayed on industrial shelving around both the inside and outside walls of the stand. The aim of this vertical arrangement is to remind one visitor of the traditional workshop/laboratory, where ideas take on form and a project becomes a reality. The visitor has a feeling of completely enveloped in the Riva1920 world and its values: passion, tradition, innovation and design framed within the company philosophy of respect of nature and sustainability.


More than 100 high quality pieces of furniture were on display, all examples of tireless attention to detail in design and execution, all demonstrating the qualities ofprecise manufacture, solidity and durability.  Above all it is a demonstration of the allure of the essence of the Riva1920 collection: WOOD.

Rialto Table design Cappelletti 3_liste incollate (5) copy 3RIALTO Table by Giuliano and Gabriele Cappelletti
The principal featureof the RIALTO table is the top, consisting of 5 cm thick boards of solid wood glued together placed with the “unfinished” side down and separated in the middle so as to create a space capable of holding everything needed to serve meals. The surface of the channel is made of a sheet of iron that is chrome-plated or lacquered in RAL tones.  Lodged inside the table, it acts as a unifying element between the top and the supporting structure.  The piece offers lightness and grace, thanks to its asymmetrical and geometric form.

CERFOGLIO NEW design Riccardo Arbizzoni (3) copy 2CERFOGLIO New Design by Riccardo Arbizzoni
A storage unit with a rectangular form and a frame of solid wood and oak multiply, featuring a burr oak front which contributes to the classical effect of the sideboard and the timeless elegance of the whole. It is composed of four modules: two side drawers and two central doors, all operated by a push&pull opening mechanism, and the internal space can be adapted according to what needs to be stored. The feet of solid wood raise the unit from the ground.

BUTTON – design Luca Martorano e MATTIA ALBICINI (1) copy 3BUTTON Design by Luca Martorano and Mattia Albicini
Giant buttons of solid wood pierced by bent metal rods. An object that enriches the beauty of wood, made to resemble an oversized button, with the rigor of metal, which in turn recalls the rods used for re-inforced concrete, making a subtle reference to sewing thread.

The openness of the lower part makes the wooden top more eye-catching and, at the same time, lends it a lightness that makes it suitable for any context.

HANDY design Antonella Scarpitta (4) copy 3HANDY by Antonella Scarpitta
This seat is worked from a section of a cedar trunk thanks to the application of hi-tech 5 and 6 axis machines.

It references American Pop Art both in its form and its name.  Its expressive and artistic design highlights the qualities of the raw material.

A happy marriage of technology and art, Handy offers a novel version of the classical wooden armchair with its rounded form and high back thanks to its sculptural qualities and its imposing “personality”, capable of determing the character of its surroundings.

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