Luciano Frigerio Graphic Credenza in Rosewood
Luciano Frigerio cabinet rosewood, Italy, 1970s.
This Postmodern credenza is designed with a complex 3D pattern of squares that create a wonderful play of shadow and light on each corner of the sideboard. The 'blocks' create a strong graphic and robust brutalist appearance. The piece holds plenty of storage space and is at the same time a true eyecatcher. Beside the sculptural elements, the expressiveness of this cabinet lies in the use of rosewood as a material. The solid rosewood slats give this credenza its unique appearance due to the flames and grains of the wood combined with the deep dark color.
Luciano Frigerio (1928-1999) who grew up in the cabinet making workshop of his father was in fact trained as an accountant. However, due to his personal passion for furniture the design and the popularity of Brianza as a city of craftsmen, great designers and architects such as Gio Ponti and Franco Albini visited his father's workshop. The small workshop slowly grew into an international design company and Luciano joined the ranks. Due to his believe in collaboration with other designers and architects the company grew immensely and it had about ten showrooms all over Italy. Frigerio himself was fully concentrated to design 'furniture sculpture' (mobili scultura). His design is thus anything but industrial featuring complex and ornate geometric details in wood or metal.