Giuseppe Rivadossi Architectural Sideboard Model ‘Della Siepe’ in Oak and Glass
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Giuseppe Rivadossi, sideboard model ‘Della Siepe’, oak, glass, brass, Italy, designed in the 1980s
This striking sideboard by Giuseppe Rivadossi pleases the eye by all means. Rivadossi, an Italian sculptor and furniture designer, is known for his hand-carved wooden designs that combine a lively surface with organic, architectural volumes. Since a young age, Rivadossi creates furniture and decorative objects that focus on the architectural aspect of structures in wood.
This sideboard was designed by Rivadossi in the 1980s, a time when he mainly explored the aspects of communication of daily spaces. The ‘Della Siepe’ is characterized by the structure of tiny windows. The polygonal volume of the piece features two doors that access the interior with shelves. Through the rhythmic arrangement of windows, the designer tackles the relationship between the inside and outside. The window-like gaps feature glass, that emphasizes this association more. Glimpses of the inside can be taken, yet not reveling too much. Rivadossi refers to the structure as “cells of a body – become an image of geometric poetry”. Details like the carved frame every rectangle is surrounded with, how the wood curves towards the glass and the wood joints at the corner of the doors, specialize the design and highlight the admirable craftsmanship.