Red Baron by Knoll

Designed by Piero Lissoni, 2018

From the preliminary design to the manufacture of the finished product, the initial idea of the architect Piero Lissoni has become reality thanks to the expertise of Knoll, with its ability to develop innovative solutions. Based on observation of a detail of an airplane wing, Lissoni has designed Red Baron by Knoll by combining parts that gradually become lighter, tapering into a slender sheet of metal rendered sophisticated by the almost imperceptible thickness and by the finish itself.

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Red Baron designed by Piero Lissoni, 2018
  • Red Baron designed by Piero Lissoni, 2018
  • Red Baron designed by Piero Lissoni, 2018
  • Red Baron designed by Piero Lissoni, 2018
  • Grasshopper high table and Red Baron bookshelf designed by Piero Lisson
  • Red Baron designed by Piero Lissoni, 2018
  • Red Baron designed by Piero Lissoni, 2018

Details

FEATURES

Red Baron is a modular bookshelf that focuses on material essence and personalized finishing for a unique touch and look, designed to store and display remarkable collections.


CONSTRUCTION

The support structure is made with steel posts clad in anodized extruded aluminium, while the shelves have a refined aluminium finish. The parts allow for compositions of different heights and lengths, using modules one meter in width and 45 centimeters in depth.


FINISHES

Structure in anodized aluminium, back in glass and side panels in chestnut
Structure in anodized aluminium, back and side panels in clear glass
Charcoal painted structure, back in glass and side panels in chestnut
Charcoal painted structure, back and side panels in clear glass

Dimensions

Red Baron Bookshelf

200cm W x 45cm D x 160cm H
300cm W x 45cm D x 160cm H
200cm W x 45cm D x 240cm H
300cm W x 45cm D x 240cm H


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From the preliminary design to the manufacture of the finished product, the initial idea of the architect Piero Lissoni has become reality thanks to the expertise of Knoll, with its ability to develop innovative solutions. Based on observation of a detail of an airplane wing, Lissoni has designed Red Baron by Knoll by combining parts that gradually become lighter, tapering into a slender sheet of metal rendered sophisticated by the almost imperceptible thickness and by the finish itself.

Describing the bookshelf, Piero Lissoni says: “Our reasoning focused on triplanes, on how the wings of airplanes are supported. Continuing to remove material, the quintessence of the design emerged: a very slender sheet of aluminium with vertical struts. Just like a triplane.” Red Baron is a modular bookshelf that focuses on material essence and personalized finishing for a unique touch and look, designed to store and display remarkable collections.

Delicate but forceful lines generate a harmonious aesthetic balance, the result of removal of any superfluous elements in a project that puts a clear accent on its contemporary character.

From the residence to the workplace, the bookshelf can alter its function while maintaining its aesthetic characteristics, depending on the choice of materials – extra-clear tempered glass or chestnut wood – which can also be applied in a mixed approach for the back and sides. The result is a family open to expansion, easily coordinated with the other products in the Knoll collection.

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Piero Lissoni is architect, designer and art director. In 1986, he and Nicoletta Canesi founded Lissoni Associati, a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm based in Milan. This was followed by the opening of the visual communications company Graph.x in 1996 and later by the architecture firms Lissoni Architettura and the New York based Lissoni Inc. With its multinational staff, the group encompasses all aspects of architecture, interiors and product design, as well as graphics, art direction and corporate identity, extending globally to include hotel, restaurant, residential, corporate, retail and exhibition design. Piero Lissoni is art director for major brands such as Boffi and De Padova and designs collections for internationally renowned names including Alessi, Flos, Glas Italia, Living Divani, Kartell, Kerakoll, Knoll and Porro. He has received an array of international awards, amongst which the Good Design Award, the Red Dot Award and the ADI Compasso d’Oro. Recently completed architectural projects include the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam (2012), the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem (2009), renovation of the historic Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2009) and the headquarters and production facilities of Kerakoll Design Lab (2014), Matteograssi (2011), Glas Italia (2010) and Living Divani (2007) in Italy. Soon to be inaugurated are the Oberoi Resort Al Zorah in Ajman, UAE, two towers for the Swire Hotel Group in Shanghai, exclusive waterfront condos and villas for the Miami Beach Ritz-Carlton Residences, twelve hotels across South Korea for the Shilla Stay Hotel brand, the new Roomers Hotel in Baden-Baden, a boutique hotel on the shores of the Italian lakes, a mixed-use development in central Moscow and a luxury townhouse in Chelsea, New York.