Charles Zana

Paris, 2013

Polished black stainless steel Brushed brass Polished stainless steel

A low piece of furniture for the entrance or the living area, the console is a small furnishing complement that at times plays a valuable role in the domestic landscape. As in this project by Charles Zana, who for a large apartment in Paris has come up with a contemporary reinterpretation of a typology that has developed in different figures and styles since the 16th century, while keeping its measurements and figure essentially intact. The consoles designed for this home have a very recognizable, compact geometry, featuring a “biscuit” form that repeats in the base and top, while taking on a surprising tapering curved shape towards the inside in the vertical development of the two main sides. Besides the volumetric aspect, another surprise comes from the use of materials, with recessed bands of brushed brass and a game of reflections triggered by mirror-finish and shiny black stainless steel which tends to dematerialized the monolithic solid of reference, as in a situation of harmonic counterpoint.

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