New Mattia Bonetti furniture arrives at David Gill Gallery

These largely limited edition pieces ooze eccentricity

Harlequin chest, £150,000, edition of two
Harlequin chest, £150,000, edition of two

Revered designer Mattia Bonetti will mark 30 years of collaboration with David Gill by staging a new solo furniture show (June 7-July 8) at Gill’s St James’s gallery.

Cassata side table, price on request
Cassata side table, price on request

Paris-based Bonetti’s highly imaginative works have been displayed in private and public collections including the Centre Pompidou, the V&A and New York’s Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the 32 pieces in this show offer his trademark blend of the fantastical and the functional. Witness the Cassata side table (price on request), a playful, multicoloured console of stacked, surreal ceramic shapes, or the curvaceous Coffee Table DW4 (£45,600, edition of eight), made of glass-topped fibreglass with a glamorous gilded finish.

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Many of the pieces are limited edition and combine artisanal craftsmanship and organic materials (rock crystal, marble and gemstones) with new technologies such as robotics, 3D printing and CNC machines. “What leads me on are the materials themselves, such as the challenge of combining transparent acrylic with a solid material like cast bronze or cast bronze with onyx,” says Bonetti.

Cylinder sofa, from £28,000
Cylinder sofa, from £28,000

The Cirrus coffee table (price on request), for example, has an acrylic layer sandwiched inside its bronze, macaroon-like form, while the majestic Chinese Rock (price on request) is an 8ft-long table that combines an alluring, translucent surface with a low pediment in green onyx (“I took inspiration from Chinese scholar rocks for the bronze legs, which I cast myself,” says Bonetti).

Coffee table DW4, £45,600, edition of eight
Coffee table DW4, £45,600, edition of eight

Other playful pieces include the Harlequin chest (£150,000, edition of two), a patchwork of gilded and painted rock crystal with an American walnut interior, and the whimsical, African-inspired Jungle Lamp (£46,400, edition of 12), carved in ivory-painted oak and crowned by gilded, steel leaves.

Jungle lamp, £46,400, edition of 12
Jungle lamp, £46,400, edition of 12

The Cylinder sofa (from £28,000), meanwhile, upholstered in a rich blue velvet, has a sweeping and distinctive asymmetrical back. Beautifully crafted, oozing individuality and with a dash of eccentricity, it offers the kind of sensory experience that collectors have come to expect of Bonetti.

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