Milan Design Week 2023: Talenti previews 'Karen', the outdoor collection that blends craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibility

The new Karen by Talenti collection, which the Umbrian company specializing in the design and manufacture of outdoor furniture will present at Milan Design Week 2023, blends the love for nature and for Africa, a land Ludovica has always loved+ Roberto Palomba.

A hymn to two cultures, the Italian and the African, which finds expression in a personal interpretation of the land of the South: the more poetic one, the meeting point of multiple inspirations. Not surprisingly, the name of the collection is a tribute to the author of Out of Africa, Karen Blixen.

"We wanted to bring the strength and beauty of this land into the project by focusing on the intertwined details of the two rings that become armrests", say the architects Ludovica+Roberto Palomba.

The curved lines that characterize all the references transfer a sense of enveloping comfort only to the eye, giving the upholstery the appearance of a refuge, a cocoon of protection.

Karen by Talenti, the detail

A wooden base contrasts with the backrest where countless threads of fabric are intertwined and stretched over the structure where soft cushions give greater comfort to the seat and the wide backrest. The characteristics of the materials and finishes used mean that the product is particularly resistant to sun, water and wear.

The Karen collection was designed to be the protagonist of outdoor settings, but also to dialogue with other furnishing elements in the collection.

The Karen sofa

The Karen sofa is characterized by a tribal aesthetic that radiates the strength and beauty of the African lands.

The enveloping shapes and curved lines give the sofa the royalty of a throne and at the same time convey security and serenity, like in a protective cocoon.

The fabric weaves that join the armrests and backrest have an artisanal taste that gives the external environment style and personality.
There are three different colours: natural teak – taupe, natural teak – gray and natural teak – green pine.

The Karen armchair

The living armchair from the Karen collection has an artisanal aesthetic that recalls Africa and the beauty of its lands.

The ring-shaped armrests and the curved lines of the backrest that wrap around the seat give the armchair the royalty of a throne.

The texture of the fabrics and the innumerable threads that support the backrest imitate the design of a protective cocoon, which transmits an intimate and reassuring atmosphere to the garden.

The Karen daybed

The Karen daybed gives the external environment an intimate and reassuring atmosphere, thanks to the African-inspired design that recalls the appearance of a protective cocoon. The craftsmanship of the backrest, supported by countless threads that intertwine with the ring-shaped armrests, gives life to an encounter between cultures. The curved and enveloping lines of the padding and the fabrics of the cushions radiate the unique beauty of African lands.

The KarenD160 dining table

The Karen dining table expresses the artisan aesthetic typical of African culture. Through the sinuous shapes of its design and the color of the wood, it makes the external environment welcoming and gives it style and personality.

The Karen dining table 280×110

The Karen dining table radiates the strength and beauty of African lands, thanks to the wood finishes that highlight the soft lines of the design. The craftsmanship of the table makes the garden welcoming, but full of style and personality.

The Karen D60 coffee table

The coffee table from the Karen collection is characterized by an artisanal aesthetic typical of African culture.

The wood finishes are highlighted by the soft lines of the design, giving the external environment style and personality.