Tuesday, June 7, 2011

eumenes: Eu/phoria and Eus, design Paola Navone

“Eu/phoria” and “Eus” - Design Paola Navone

“Eu/phoria”  - Design Paola Navone

“Eu/phoria's shells” 

The fruit of Marco Dolcino's entrepreneurial vision and his experience in the sector, eumenes is a new brand of designer furnishing accessories aimed at the mid to high segment of the market. After its debut at the latest edition of Maison&Objet in Paris eumenes was presented at Salone del Mobile in Milano with the collections Eu/phoria and Eus by Paola Navone / Arkys and Aracne by Jean Marie Massaud.

The Eu/phoria chairs are shells supported by a slender frame. They can be adorned with intense colours, in lively Vichy checks or country stripes, in more sober houndstooth, or in supple Alcantara. Mostly, they are eco-friendly, because the manufacture of the shell uses material left over from woodworking. A monocoque chair that arose from the notion of using Woodstock®, a ‘cheap’ material that is normally used in the automobile industry, which is 50% material left over from woodworking and 50% polypropylene. The compound is produced in thermoformable sheets; it is extremely flexible and hard wearing, and in the moulding phase it can be matched with all kinds of fabrics (eumenes patent), making it completely customizable. The chair’s supporting structure, in painted metal, comes in seven different colour options. Matching the colour of the seat to the supporting structure yields a completely different look each time.

The Eus table, like the chairs, is customizable. The painted metal base, in four colours, is distinguished by lightness of touch and the playful design of the supporting feet. However, this project’s real strong point comes from the choice of material for the top, which changes the table’s appearance and mood. The top (rectangular, round or square) comes in acid-etched glass that is screen printed with lively geometric patterns; in hardwearing layered laminate, obtained from processing recycled materials from plastic laminates; and in Ecomat: an innovative material derived from ground olive pits from olive oil production mixed with recycled plastic and scrap material from nappy manufacture.
During Salone del Mobile, in addition to its presence at Opificio 31, eumenes was also an exclusive partner of Elle Decor Caffe' for furnishings, c/o Stella McCartney’s Showroom in Via Forcella 5.

eumenes at Elle Decor Place
eumenes at Elle Decor Place

eumenes at Elle Decor Place

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