Elegant and intentionally rising above ideas of fashion, H_O is a collection of refined furniture of exclusive taste which Claudio Silvestrin designed in response to the need for a prestigious and tastefully luxurious Home Office. The collection consists of a desk with drawers, available in two different sizes; a pc table; a console table with a thick top; a cupboard; and three tables of different sizes, two circular and one oval, to meet the different needs of social encounters and work. The bookcase, which is modular, is based on a combination of three base elements – drawer, column and shelf – that can be used in different configurations. The table top is a sandwich in poplar plywood with an MDF exterior and metal reinforcements. The surfaces of the tables, desks, cabinet, console table and bookcase are in dove grey or coffee-coloured leather. The supporting columns of the desks and tables are in Valcamonica Porphyry, in chestnut-purple, or in White Porphyry, with white-beige tints. The wood of the shelves and frames come in ash-tinted oak for the light-coloured leather or stone combinations, or in Louro Preto for the darker versions in the collection. The entire collection is upholstered in Tortorà or Caffè-colours hide. In the ‘Square’ versions, the basic upholstery is finished with a 16x16 cm square ‘tone-on-tone’ design. The central part of the Oval Meeting Table top is pre-prepared with the possibility of opening up 4 containers to hold electrical installations.
Born in 1954, he studied in Milan in A.G. Fronzoni school, later in London where he works nowadays, at the Architectural Association. His work deals with day to day objects, domestic and commercial interiors, art galleries and houses. Clients include Giorgio Armani, Illycaffe, Anish Kapoor, Calvin Klein, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo for whom he has designed the museum in Turin.
A book about his work has been written by Franco Bertoni and published by Birkhauser. His way of working, severe but not extreme, contemporary but timeless, researchs a minimalism that is not a style, but a way of being, a strong reaction against noise and disorder. His work is noble and paesant, intellectual and silent, careful about perfect details. Claudio Silvestrin's integrity, clarity of mind, inventiveness and concern for details is reflected in his rigorous minimal architecture: austere but not extreme, contemporary yet timeless, calming but not ascetic, strong but not intimidating, elegant but not ostentatious.