The fifteen-year collaboration between Magis and the Bouroullec brothers has led to the creation of some extraordinary products, which have over the years become bestsellers.
The latest fruit of this partnership is Officina, a collection of forged iron tables, launched at the Salone del Mobile 2014 and available on the market since some time ago.
Iron forging, the process used to shape this metal, pressing it between the hammer and anvil, has a story that stretches back over millennia, and throughout history, this technique has been used to create an infinite number of everyday objects
The Officina collection explores the possibility of establishing a new creative language through this ancient fabrication process: a system of forged iron legs was created, with an original geometry suitable to support tops of different dimensions and materials: steel, wood, marble, glass, etc.
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.
On the Magis website there is a video illustrating the production of Officina’s forged iron structures, presenting the various stages in this fascinating and complex process, which encompasses all the mastery of artisanal processing applied to industrial production.
The footage is interspersed with contributions from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and from Eugenio Perazza, describing how this project first came into being, arising from a clearly-defined idea at Magis, which became the objective. As Eugenio Perazza himself explains, “the aim was to reinvent a newer, more modern and contemporary language for forged iron, developing the design with an industrial approach, while maintaining the element of authentically artisanal manufacturing so that this would ultimately become the dominant feature of the design, prevailing over the industrial aspect and defining the overall expressive quality and aesthetic of the piece.”