Starting in 2013 with the launch of the Barber & Osgerby collection of sofas, armchairs and ottomans, the brilliant collaboration between Knoll and the designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby continues along the lines of the brand’s cultural heritage, from the modern, innovative Pilot Chair in 2015 to this new collection of tables: Smalto.
Made entirely of enamelled steel, the design process was an exercise in purity and simplicity for the studio and the result is an exceptionally durable collection that are both contemporary and classic. A table that stands out for its forceful graphic approach, a contemporary reinterpretation of the themes of the great design classics. The top takes an innovative technical approach, of tangible thickness in the softly curved borders, exploiting the sculptural potential of the material. The rounded volumes and enveloping forms, together with a support structure that offers stability in a composition of great visual lightness, make Smalto a perfect choice for various spaces in the home, responding to a wide range of different needs. The finely balanced proportions and subtle interaction of the top and the curves give Smalto a refined, discreet look that can be completed by a wide range of contemporary or classic seating.
The new Smalto table by Barber & Osgerby, in the round or longer versions with rounded ends, conquers the living area to become its protagonist, adding a unique touch to the spaces of contemporary living. The collection is a perfect blend of stylistic innovation and painstaking workmanship, as in the finishing of the metal using a process at high temperatures to achieve results comparable to vitrification. The tables have a grand presence, with large, inset tubular legs and a thick (32mm) table top, whilst still remaining perfectly proportioned – the balance between the table’s curves and its high gloss enamel finish gives the product a refined appearance.
“Enamelling has a really strong materiality and tactility that cannot be replicated in other finishes. The colours you can achieve through this process have a real depth and vibrancy and the finish is also extremely durable, perfect for a table top.” - This is how the designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby describe their new table collection.
Smalto has a strong but friendly look, perfect at home in any decor. In a modern language, it reinterprets the skilful combination of aesthetic features – like the various colors ranging from grey/green, to blue, to grey, to dark aubergine – and structural details, obtained through the technology and craftsmanship that set Knoll apart in all its collections.