“A smart beauty, resulting from a thought and a know-how capable of transmitting a deep emotion through a wise accentuation of the peculiarities of the materials used”. Piergiorgio Cazzaniga
Tense Diamond was developed according to the ancient technique of Chines lacquer; a process involving the manual drafting of the colour and the following application of four layers of appropriately polished transparent resin. The material stratification process is based on a special mass-coloured concrete resin around 3 mm in thickness which is expertly combined with a binder and applied by hand all over the top in a deliberately irregular and non-uniform way. The subsequent combination of the black patina, rough, dynamic and with lots of shadowy areas, and the surface finish consisting of various layers of polyester, extremely thick, smooth and very glossy, creates an original lens effect notable for its colour and depth. Surface, edges and legs with application of 3 mm-thick material composed of a mass-coloured cement base and surface finish in glossy polyester.
Born in 1946, From 1962 to 1964 he worked as Technical Department Manager at Besana Mobili, from 1966 to 1971 he worked as Research and Development Department Manager at Boffi Cucine, in this period he took part in the European standardization process of sizes in cabinets and built-in household appliances for kitchens and he developed E15, AL15, Xila kitchen and A1 wardrobe. He took part in Corporate Image and Communication, working also on products presentation realising: photograph settings, stands, Boffi corner shops and exhibitions. He played a leading role in Image and Communication, he dealt with products presentation through photograph settings, the creation of display areas and of the so-called 'Spazio Boffi' inside shops and through the organization of different exhibitions. In 1971 he became partner in the Buttura, Massoni and Pelizza Studio, which was then transformed into A&D. With Luigi Massoni he designed products, showrooms, stand and exhibition for leading Italian furnishing companies such as: Boffi, Poltrona Frau, Nazareno Gabrielli, Iter Selenova, Cadel, Poliform, Porro, Matteograssi.
Born in 1979, Michele graduated in Industrial Design from the Politecnico di Milano. From 1999 to 2012, he collaborated with Piergiorgio Cazzaniga's design studio in Lentate Sul Seveso, where he devised and developed industrial products and architectural interiors, designing, along with Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, the projects for the “Tense” and “Steel” tables for MDF Italia, the collection of “Reader” armchairs for Living Divani, and the set of “Sail” chairs for Andreu World.
MDF Italia is a Milan-based design company manufacturing furniture, which was fully acquired in 2013 by the holding group of the Cassina family, a long-standing leader in Italian design.