cc-tapis will collaborate with COVER at Milan Design Week 2016. Lucy Upward looks at the Italian firm’s multifarious activities set for April
As American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’ A concept that must somehow be ingrained into the working ethos of Milanese rug brand cc-tapis. For enthusiasm, positivity and enviable style, head designer Daniele Lora, front man Fabrizio Cantoni, wife Nelcya Cantoni and the full ‘cc’ crew have in abundance. Not only this, but they are extremely well connected in the design world, and with all these attributes they are about to create something great for Milan Design Week.
Many companies are currently still busy making plans for various events to be held during this annual celebration of design, while cc-tapis are full steam ahead with an incredible five separate shows. For the first time they will have a stand at the all-important Salone del Mobile (12-17 April) in Hall 6 (stand E40), where we will collaborate with a ‘COVER presents’ display. It will follow the firm’s new visual identity – think immaculate, minimal, serene – as presented at imm Cologne and Maison et Objet in January but on a much grander scale. There will be a selection of all the brand’s latest designs from the likes of Patricia Urquiola, Federico Pepe, Studio Palomba Serafini Architects and rugs designed by Zanellato/Bortotto for Rubelli, to name but a few.
As usual cc-tapis will also be part of Brera Design District with four further displays, the first of which will be a presentation of new work created with Milan design agency Studiopepe in the firm’s slick showroom on Via San Simpliciano (opening event on 12 April).
At the end of the road, on Via Pontaccio, is design boutique Spazio Pontaccio, where cc-tapis will be appearing in two separate displays. On 11 April there will be a private event to launch the new capsule rug collection Credenza created by design gods Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe for Spazio Pontaccio and cc-tapis. All four designs are by Urquiola, who collaborated with Pepe on two of the four. Inspiration for the project was taken from traditional stained glass windows, particularly those of Cologne Cathedral.
‘10 by Yatzer’ is another project. It will also appear at Spazio Pontaccio and will involve cc-tapis’ skills when it comes to design perfection. The exhibition (12-17 April), set up by global online destination Yatzer, will comprise ten products designed in limited edition specifically for the Pontaccio design boutique. For this cc-tapis have designed the rug Harmonia, an elegant handwoven carpet in black and gold made from wool and bamboo silk.
Behind Surfaces, a new collaboration with Italian architect Federico Delrosso, is the last of the cc-tapis projects for Milan Design Week. The opening event at Delrosso’s studio at Corso Italia 68 will be on 10 April and will present his new rug design created with cc-tapis alongside an interactive display of videos, sounds and samples. At this event ‘cc’ will also be promoting CC-FOR EDUCATION, the NPO started by Nelcya Cantoni and the new video of cc-tapis’s production.
With this enthusiastic programme for Milan Design Week, cc-tapis is surely preparing something great. The firm’s effortless ability to combine elegant design and high-quality craftsmanship are sure to get the work in at least one ’10 Best’ report from Milan Design Week. www.cc-tapis.com
See cc-tapis and COVER at Salone del Mobile, 12-17 April 2016, Hall 6, Stand E40.