BRICCOLE
THE THIRD LIFE OF WOOD

Riva 1920’s intuition of giving a new life to these oak posts was born from the great attention towards the environment and the ecology. The Briccole are the unquestioned main characters of Venice, which lead the boats and mark the Lagoon low tide and are periodically replaced due to wear. Made unique pieces by the industriousness of shipworms, small molluscs, Briccole are transformed into exclusive pieces of furniture able to convey a special emotion.

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THE ORIGIN

On average the posts in the lagoon last for 10 to 20 years, then corroded by the tides, worn and damaged, they have to be replaced. A main feature of the posts, which also serve as a natural habitat for the sea’s fauna and flora, consists in the traces left by shipworms. These are oblong shaped molluscs which burrow through the wood, leaving perfectly round holes and create peculiar patterns that are very suggestive.

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BRICCOLE COLLECTION

Submerged in water and tempered by salt, exposed to the weather and sculpted by shipworms, this high quality oak becomes in the course of time a wood absolutely unique, precious, romantic and noble, thanks to its historical value and intrinsic characteristics. Riva 1920 has decided to grant this wood a third life by launching a collection of furniture made of Briccole without impacting the environment, for it should not be forgotten that wood is a precious but not infinite resource. Once more nature is the absolute protagonist, arousing fascinating and unique emotions.

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