Experience and mastery in their respective fields have led to the creation of exclusive pieces of furniture. Signed Christophe Pillet

Contamination in design is almost always a stimulus for experimentation, for enrichment and innovation, for embracing new challenges, for multidisciplinary approaches to design culture. Usually this attitude generates whimsical, exclusive, disruptive, out-of-the-box solutions. Experimenting and contaminating is what two historic brands of Italian design and savoir faire have done. In fact, Kreoo's search for unprecedented forms through marble is enriched by a new material, both precious and tactile: thanks to the collaboration with Gruppo Mastrotto, it is leather that creates the right mix with natural stone in the new furniture collections.

Material and entrepreneurial interweaving

Kreoo and Gruppo Mastrotto are two entities that are close territorially and in production philosophy. Together they have taken up an exciting challenge: to bring together experience and mastery in their respective fields to design exclusive design elements. Translating this material and entrepreneurial intertwining into reality was architect Christophe Pillet, who imagined collections of chairs, tables and accessories where the solidity and monolithic character of the stone element meet the softness of leather.

Harmony between materials

"In the Holly armchair, a typically Mediterranean charm is released, with Travertine and its light nuance combined with the olive-green shade of Gruppo Mastrotto's leather: the result is the memory of a luminous garden, thanks also to the harmony between the two materials, which are completely natural," says Alessandra Farinon, at the helm of Kreoo and its polychrome catalog, full of experimentation between marble, always the protagonist, and wood essences, metallic finishes, semi-precious.

An enveloping shell

With its porous texture and characteristic warm hue, Navona Travertine, worked from a single block, shapes the shell of Holly, an enveloping, ergonomic shell in which Kreoo's seat is defined by upholstery covered in natural-grain, green-colored, half-grain cowhide, while the backrest is complemented by two side cushions in the same upholstery. The leather is part of Gruppo Mastrotto's Linea range, which is characterized by its soft hand, waxy feel and semi-matte appearance.

Play of joints

Identical pairing of Kreoo natural stone and Gruppo Mastrotto leather is also found in the Ever bench, with its essential, geometric aesthetics: a play on joints of marble slabs at different thicknesses characterizes its design, with the seat bordered by small borders on the short sides to hold three cushions, punctuated on the surface by visible stitching that emphasizes its handcrafting.

Innovative design

"Leather has the unique ability to achieve the highest level of refinement, comfort and durability. In this combination with marble, it becomes a key element for innovative and timeless design. Leather and marble are natural materials at the service of creativity and design, which in their encounter emphasize unparalleled tactile qualities. We are proud of this collaboration with Kreoo, which confirms our commitment to the world of high-end furniture," says Chiara Mastrotto, president of Gruppo Mastrotto.

An international urban style

Calacatta Viola and a soft nappa leather in the plum tone that emphasizes the important grain, create a luxurious, urban, international language. In Kreoo's Queen table, the leather is part of Gruppo Mastrotto's Primalinea 99.9 collection, and is characterized by a smooth appearance that in touch enhances a full, warm, silky hand. In the mix, the two materials shape the table, with the base consisting of three stone partitions with beveled profiles and top with a radiused edge that forms a perimeter to the leather upholstery.

Protagonists of MDW 2024

The new collections, previewed in Milan on the occasion of the Lineapelle Interiors Leather Duets project, curated by architect Maurizio Molini and Fulvia Bacchi, ad of Lineapelle, will be featured in April in the Kreoo project during Milan Design Week, an integral part of a broader material narrative for the design world.

Photos: Luca Peruzzi and Kreoo