Iron forging, the process used to shape this metal, pressing it between the hammer and anvil, has a story that stretches back over millennia.
Throughout history, this technique has been used to create an infinite number of everyday objects and decorative artefacts. The Officina collection of tables explores the possibility of establishing a new creative language while working with an ancient fabrication process: a further step in the long partnership between Magis and the French designers Ronan and Erwan Bourollec, which began fifteen years ago and has provided a rich series of successful designs. For the Officina collection, building on this wealth of shared research and experience, a system of forged iron legs was created, with an original geometry suitable to support tops of different dimensions and materials: steel, wood, glass, and so on. The absolute simplicity of the minimalist design combines with the allure of a raw material handed down through the centuries, alive, with those slight imperfections that make each piece in this collection unique, with an unmistakably industrial feel, but combined with a profoundly refined and elegant spirit.
The Bouroullecs have been working with Magis since 2004, designing two complete furniture collections as well as other projects. These days, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers and they also continue to carry out their own experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie Kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs were held between 2001 and 2012. They also embark on occasional architectural projects.