Frammenti di wabi-sabi

Aldo Cibic


In his small and fascinating book entitled Wabi-sabi for artists, designers, poets and philosophy, Leonard Koren describes wabi-sabi as “a typically Japanese artistic ideal referring to the beauty of rustic, roughly finished objects, usually characterised by the use of natural, unrefined materials, worn or weathered surfaces, by the absence of geometrically regular forms and by dark or neutral colours”. When I first saw the briccole – their great girths worn away by time and water and riddled with holes like a strange sponge – I thought they represented a perfect expression of the wabi-sabi aesthetic. When they are cut and sawn they change again and when they become tables it is as though they regained the spirit of what they once were and acquire in addition a little of the soul of whoever reworked them. Thanks to an initiative launched in the foothills north of Milan, the briccole, rather than ending their lives rotting in some depressing, filthy dump, can be reborn and conjure up memories of their past now in the context of an elegant home, a hotel or fashionable meeting place….it might perhaps be defined as a kind of romantic and poetic recycling.


Aldo Cibic


Aldo Cibic studied in Milan under the guide of Ettore Sottsass. Still young, infact, he moved to Milan and in 1980 he became a member of “Sottsass Associati”, with Matteo Thun and Marco Zanini, and of Memphis in years later. The 80’s period corresponds to the professional education of Aldo Cibic with periods of maximum design and architectural experimentations and his stylistic maturity.

In the ’90 Aldo Cibic founded his own studio, which includes also today activities in the architecture, interiors and design  fields both project in Italy and abroad. He developed, at the same time, a work of research of alternative design in the field of design and architecture, in academic range related with the Domus Academy, Politecnico of Milan, IUAV University of Venice and Tongji University of Shanghai, where he is honorary professor.


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Natural Living

Each purchaser that buys a Riva 1920 product will receive as a gift a small plant, upon request, to return the favour to nature that originally produced the wood used for the production of the piece of furniture purchased.


Picture is for presentation purposes only, therefore it could be not perfectly representative.
Packaging in wooden crate has been replaced with packaging in recycled carton for a lower impact on the environment.

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