I had a ball browsing through the Porro website last night. It seems to me that all the products have a nice look about them, possibly due to the result of the designers involved and their passion for simplification. This seems to be a common theme in a lot of furnishing companies, it’s more of an amalgamation of peoples works to create a finished collection. Finished is maybe the wrong word to use, as it’s always changing and developing with time.
Initially I didn’t know too much about Porro, so I decided to do some research and I found out that the company was founded in Brianza, the traditional birthplace of Italian furniture. Established in 1925 by brothers Giulio and Stefano Porro, they opened their first workshop dedicated to the production of old-style pieces of furniture. The second generation of the Porro family were the ones who turned to a so called ‘Modern style’ in the 50’s, which was partly thanks to a collaboration with architect Giulio Moscatelli, who in 1955 designed the new workshop next to the family house. As a company their ideals were strengthened by the cooperation of some important Italian designers of the period, one such creative being Bruno Munari, who designed the company’s logo in 1966.
I think it’s great that Porro haven’t veered too much from their original concept, they’re just trying to make top quality products that are fit for everyday life. I’m not going to complain about that. Unfortunately, there’s quite a few pieces of furniture that I like in their collection, so it’s quite hard to sum them all up in one go. I’ll point out some furniture here in text form for you to go and admire on their website. First up is the Spindle chair designed by Piero Lissoni, this one reminds me of the furniture designed by Marcel Breuer, but it has some inherent qualities due to the classic design. One is the lightness, thanks to it being reduced to only the necessary parts, also it’s stackable and extremely resistant to all sorts of conditions. Thus meaning a longer lifespan. Two others that I like are the Conch designed by Decoma Design and the H.Chair designed by Christophe Pillet. The Conch is pretty basic, but I love the oval form and the idea of removable fabric on the seat, that could come in handy as time passes and when you want to freshen up the chair. On the other hand, the H.Chair is synthetic but it looks like it fits the body wonderfully and could adapt to many different environments.
I’m sure I could blabber on about all the different pieces, so I’ll spare you the torment and I’ll let you enjoy some of the imagery on their website. As usual, I picked out my favourites here so that I can use them for future reference, also to introduce you to the company if you haven’t come across them before. Even if you have, you may not have seen these particular ones. Enjoy.