When Fabio Novembre started thinking about a new project with Scavolini, the starting point was the contemporary needs of people. "In an increasingly connected world where functions hybridize within more compact homes, the kitchen must represent and integrate communication, change and sharing", says the designer. The result of this collaboration is a new furnishing system for the kitchen, the living room and the bathroom called Dandy Plus that Novembre, together with Fabiana Scavolini, officially presented to the press a few days ago.
The collaboration represents a process of in-depth research on the company's assets: drawing on the heritage and looking at a present in which technology and innovation are at the service of design. As a matter of fact, Dandy Plus leverages on a historical best seller by Scavolini and is a reinterpretation of its design.
What links a collection that is conceived for the different rooms of the house?
Synergistic recognition is certainly the bridging element, a true distinctive feature of the entire collection, which frames the furniture by defining its profile, making it uniform and emphasizing its compactness. Dandy Plus is modular and combinable, usable in multiple interpretations, even embracing more traditional declinations that respond to the most contemporary living styles.
What did it mean, for a designer with such a strong and recognizable sign, to work on the updating of an existing model like Dandy?
Dandy Plus talks about the past by looking at the present. If the shrinking of spaces leads to a hybridization of functions, the only real attraction remains the kitchen, becoming the compass point of our living. The direct reference is to Scavolini's historical model, Dandy, which really made history in the hearts of Italians. We have updated its shapes, playing with accent colors. When Italian design treats technology, it does so in an expressive, colorful and non-minimal way. Not surprisingly, its formal language refers to the iconicity and inclusiveness of Italian design of the 60s and 70s, to companies such as Olivetti and authors such as Sottsass and Bellini.
What is the role of technology in this system?
It is present but almost invisible. The idea was to make it totally at the service of man, a kind of magic wand that, thanks to a series of technological functions present in the Task Bar, facilitate the use of the kitchen. It is present but almost invisible. The idea was to make it totally at the service of man, a kind of magic wand that, thanks to a series of technological functions present in the Task Bar, facilitate the use of the kitchen.In questo senso della sparizione, gli elettrodomestici si dipingono di bianco, quasi a scomparire nella visione totale della cucina. Una cucina “parlante” quindi, e connessa grazie a un assistente vocale che, con le sue funzionalità all’avanguardia, si rivela un’alleata fondamentale per suggerire una ricetta, intrattenere con musica di sottofondo e ancora, ordinare un delivery laddove la preparazione della cena non andasse per il verso giusto.