Mattia Bonetti’s furniture demonstrates ‘art imitating nature’

Bubble gum, armour and the Congo are among the inspirations behind the work of furniture designer Mattia Bonetti.

Bubble-Gum table
Bubble-Gum table

The Swiss-born designer is showing a new collection in London next week, which the David Gill Gallery, which is to present the show, says demonstrates ‘the notion of art imitating nature’.

Among the pieces on show is the Roots side table, a delightfully bulbous, organic-looking object:

  Roots side table
Roots side table

And the Congo chair, in a playful leopard print design:

Congo chair
Congo chair

The collection comprises 25 pieces, including tables, sofas, chairs, mirrors and lighting. True to his reputation for using unusual and diverse materials, we’ll find bronze, tufo, rock crystal, wood and upholstery making up the work.

Rock Crystal Desk by Mattia Bonetti.
Rock Crystal Desk by Mattia Bonetti.

Bonetti’s aesthetic is certainly an opulent one at times, as this new collection shows – and it’s little surprise to learn that among those collecting his work are Elton John and Madonna.

Strata armchair
Strata armchair

Gallery owner David Gill says, ‘With Mattia’s work there is always the element of surprise, whether it be in the material, concept, shape or function.

‘In this new collection he expresses ideas in an intelligent and innovative way, creating pieces which are contemporary and very sought after’.

Shield armchair sketch
Shield armchair sketch

Bonetti’s work is on show from 26 June – 31 July at David Gill Galleries, 2-4 King Street, St James¹s, London SW1Y 6QL www.davidgillgalleries.com

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