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Floating surfaces

Two metal accessories, light and versatile: the Mina console table and the Emil small table by Frank Rettenbacher for Zanotta conquer those who love the contemporary minimal-style.

«They look like “shelves on legs” with a very up-to-date look, suitable for easy and “nomadic” use in every corner of the house, as well as in modern offices. The metal frame features extra-thin thickness providing a slender identity reminding the furnishing elements from the Seventies». The young Austrian designer Frank Rettenbacher, who lives and works in Amsterdam, speaks about Emil and Mina like the outcome of a research that he cares of very much, involving not only his work but also his life: « my first baby was just born when I started designing these two small complements, and I longed for useful and helpful objects that could be like a background of more important furniture pieces, providing also a colourful and joyful support. When you have small children you realize that your home needs surfaces able to welcome small things that need to be at hand without creating a sense of disorder. Pleasant and “kind” shelves that can be simply moved in the various home areas, light and strong at the same time. That’s why Emil and Mina legs are reinforced by thin steel rods, wrapped one on the other to strengthen the frame». The experience gained at Philips and Audi, as well as on Dutch TV sets, gave Frank Rettenbacher the possibility to design Industrial design objects ranging from consumer’s electronics to lighting and functional furnishing. With an eye on new trends and with a glam footprint that wins a wider audience. From here the cooperation with Zanotta during Milan Furniture Fair 2014 started off. «My idea to create a “family” of small tables for a modern and “light” living room, employing metals with a reduced thickness, immediately caught Zanotta’s interest. We refined together the research of reinforcement points and of top finishes. The result in my opinion (but not only) is excellent: the table tops have only a 3 mm thickness and appear to float above their metal bases. The glossy surface of steel tops gently reflects all the little things that are hosted on them, while the colours match the most fashionable colours: from white, pink, red-burgundy to black ». The Mina console table, available in black or white, can be used as a work table or support for displaying collections and personal items (the top size is 40×115 cm, height 74 cm), Emil in day-and-night version can be used as service table as well as a night stand. It is available in black, white, burgundy and with pink top on a white painted frame (the top size is 34×41 cm, height 49 cm).