Bottega Intreccio is the young design brand from Mogliano, a small town of not even 5000 inhabitants in the province of Macerata, in the Marche region, born in 2019 with the aim of restoring vitality to the local tradition of weaving.
The area is in fact known throughout Europe for its refined production of wicker or wicker baskets and objects, a story of passion and know-how that dates back to the 1800s.
It is here that, confirming the importance of the value of this traditional manufacturing district, the first contemporary Italian school was established to train new generations of weavers: Carteca.
“We believe in craftsmanship that is able to talk about the territory and the people. Our craftsmen are guardians of an ancient knowledge which, through the creation of a common good, expresses and transmits beauty”, says Gianluca Maurizi, co-founder of Bottega Intreccio.
The value contents, which include those of environmental and social sustainability, on which the school project came to life were then transported into the Bottega Intreccio brand, whose creative direction was entrusted to the AngelettiRuzza Design studio.
Bottega Intreccio: the new collections
Silene is the small armchair by AngelettiRuzza Design that reinterprets the archetype of the woven basket in a contemporary key and transforms it into a piece of furniture. The circle, the basic element of the composition, replicates itself in concentric waves that propagate harmoniously in the three-dimensional space: warp and weft reveal the complexity of a work that presupposes technical skills and artistic sensibility. Composed of a comfortable wicker seat resting on a light metal supporting structure, Silene is a flower that blossoms to reveal all of her beauty. The name, in fact, is that of one of the most widespread herbaceous plants in Italy.
Milli is the sofa designed by AngelettiRuzza Design which restores perfect harmony between the art of weaving and contemporary comfort. The compositional element is the armrest which recalls an iconic woven motif, born in the Mogliano district and reinterpreted in the alternation between wicker and leather. Conceived as an indoor seat, it brings the charm of gardens and verandas of the past into living spaces: the material left in its natural state takes on the irresistible look of lived objects.
Shizé is the container with a soft and organic shape, designed by the Japanese duo Setsu & Shinobu Ito. The object recalls a large stone and plays on the contrast between the generous dimensions of the hand-woven wicker part and the leather element that acts as a cap and a plate at the same time. Due to its asymmetrical shape, which in the longest part includes 'passemorts', i.e. passages where the thread does not complete the turn, the execution of this piece is decidedly complex and provides high manufacturing skills.
Mawa is the container designed by Setsu & Shinobu Ito with the idea of interpreting the skills of the Mogliano workers in weaving baskets in a contemporary key. The asymmetrical shape that restores a certain dynamism to the object is enhanced by its generous dimensions. Handmade in wicker, it is finished at the base with a band of leather.
Antonym is the lamp by Silvia Stella Osella which tells of the encounter between two different expressions of Italian craftsmanship: weaving and embroidery. The result is an object with a strong poetic charge that plays on the meaning of the word antonym, i.e. relating terms of opposite meaning to restore a dialogue between opposites. The central body in wicker has the shape of a geoid, a sphere flattened along the median line, and on its surface is grafted an embroidery of botanical inspiration made by hand with threads of black raffia.
The carefree atmosphere of a summer picnic inspires the double mirror designed by Maurizio Bernabei, which takes its name from outdoor breakfasts. In a sophisticated game of references, the classic woven basket transforms into a tray and then becomes a vanity object. Pic Nic is made of hand-woven wicker according to ancient traditional techniques and finished with a leather band that runs along the entire perimeter, transforming into a handle or buttonhole for hanging the mirror on the wall.
Italian know-how is told in the Nodo family of vases designed by Intreccio Lab. From a ceramic base a precious handmade weaving comes to life, which opens gently upwards as if it were the corolla of a flower. The solidity and essentiality of the ceramic element meet the rhythmic design of the wicker to create an intriguing game of contrasts.
The charm of exotic atmospheres dialogues with contemporary design in the Lisetta collection of armchairs designed by Elena Salmistraro. Made with a complex system of bamboo cane crosspieces finished in Vienna straw, they reveal an extraordinary manufacturing skill: the curved and hand-woven enveloping structure encloses an intimate space in to take refuge. Lisetta is presented in two versions, with a high or low backrest, which define and enliven living spaces.
Cover photo: Pic Nic, Bottega Intreccio