Be prepared to be serenaded with the embodiment of beauty and wellness at the XTRA show gallery. Riva 1920 from Italy will be gracing XTRA with a charming selection of its renowned cedar wood sculptures by famous designers such as Paolo Pininfarina, Riccardo Arbizzoni, Aldo Cibic, Franco Bizzozzero, Mario Botta, and others.
Inspired by “giant” scale pop art, the sculptural objects range from a bench in the shape of pencil sharpener to lovely heart-shaped paperweights. The products are made from completely natural wood and hand-finished in natural wax and oil without the addition of any treatment or chemical agent.
Movements, cracks and changes in the appearance of the wood are intrinsic characteristics of these items and result from the natural settlement and diverse environmental conditions.
Molletta bench The Molletta bench, in playing on the typical out-of-scale quality of Pop art, gives a hyper-natural interpretation to the cedar wood. The object thus acquires a double life: the first is that of a roomy seat designed for large interiors and for the outdoors. Designer | BALDESSARI AND BALDESSARI Dimension | L140 X P39 X HT40 CM L190 X P45 X H42 CM (medium) Product Info | https://www.riva1920.it/en/prodotti/benches/molletta/
XMAS_DR Designer | C.R. & S. RIVA1920 Dimension | L17 X P17 X HT 50 CM Product Info | www.riva1920.it/en/prodotti/gadget/xmas-dr
Neko Stool Accessory made from a single block of scented cedar with its sculptured shape inspired by the animal world. The products are made from completely natural wood and hand-finished without the addition of any treatment. Movements, cracks and changes in the appearance of the wood are intrinsic characteristics of these items and result from the natural settlement and diverse environmental conditions. Designer | SETSU & SHINOBU ITO Dimension | L34 X P50 X HT 37 CM Product Info | www.riva1920.it/en/prodotti/children/neko
Mondana Stool Designed by AmeBe for Riva 1920 is a stool and made of cedar with handles “Utah Taupe” leather. Designer | AMEBE Dimension | L60 X P40 X HT41.5 CM Product Info | www.riva1920.it/en/prodotti/stools/mondana
Cuore The Cuore realizes the symbol of love made of scented cedar wood, to be used as a paperweight or as a simple design object. available in two sizes, small and big. Designer | C.R. & S. RIVA1920 Dimension | L11 X P11 X HT 5 CM (small) | L24 X P24 X HT 13 CM (big) Product Info | www.riva1920.it/en/prodotti/gadget/cuore
Temperino stool Designer | ALESSANDRO GUIDOLIN Dimension | L60 X P35 X HT45.5 CM Product Info | www.riva1920.it/en/prodotti/stools/temperino
*All the above objects are sculpted with immense respect to nature using only natural wax and oil.
About Cedar Wood
Lebenon cedar is from the plant family Pinaceae and was highly sought after as an excellent source of timber for ancient woodworking. Thousands of years ago, mountain slopes of the entire Near East was covered with extensive forests of Lebenon cedar trees. While it originated from the Eastern Mediterranean, it has been cultivated in Italy and the rest of Europe since the end of the 1700’s in parks and gardens. Today, only a few hundred are left in its natural habitat. Conical with horizontal tiers of lush leafage, it grows fast and reaches heights of 15m to 40m with a breadth of 6m to 10m for its canopy. Riva 1920 retrieves cedar Lebenon cedar logs which have fallen in the wake of natural catastrophes such as mudslides, landslides and gales, or those which have been cut down routinely for safety reasons such as for blocking roads or being too near to houses. These giant trees come from Northern Italy, especially Piedmont and Lombardy, and the wood is heavy and resistant, smelling strongly of balsam. It proffers many natural properties with health benefits. In fact, cedar wood essence and essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseborrheic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, diuretic, insecticidal and fungicidal substance. Using advanced technology in the form of CNC machines with five or six axes, the wood can be processed to produce any desired shape and form. The finished products are then sanded and finished by hand. The collection, signed by internationally famous designers, has over 100 items, including stools, benches and chairs. Thanks to its additional quality of being a moth-repellent, this wood is also used for wardrobes and other storage units.