In Japan the Kiri tree (in English Paulownia) would be planted at the birth of a girl and the wood was then turned into a precious cabinet when she married. Its presence therefore accompanied the bride in her new life, as an indissoluble bond with her family of origin. The drinks cabinet by Setsu & Shinobu Ito for Giorgetti is inspired by this tradition. It is a jewel-like object combining different materials (wood, marble, metal and leather), which are then fabricated with absolute respect for their intrinsic qualities. And assembled in a single product uniting fluidity and refinement, function and sculptural forms.
The distinctive shape of the solid wood slats forming the exterior of Kiri
is possible only thanks to experience in choosing and treating the timber, the precision of the numerical control machines and the technical skill of their operators. The slats are fabricated individually and then applied to the doors to create a single sinuous form, as in an artistic gesture. The top is in hollowed marble, a tough yet very delicate material, which needs to be fashioned with great care. It is essential to select the appropriate piece of stone to withstand this process, in addition to using highly skilled workers capable of mastering the techniques and tools necessary to its fabrication. The handles are cast in bronze, finished and polished by hand. The leather upholstery of the internal detailing is also handcrafted. The finished object, with its imposing presence, is the result of a wonderful collective effort.