Clearly this is a lesson that the masters of design have taken on board, if Thonet No. 14, Franco Albini’s Veliero, Le Corbusier’s Chaise Longue LC4, Pierre Janneret and Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti’s Superleggera, Nisse and Kajsa Strinning’s String System, and Parentesi by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù are anything to go by.
More recently lightness has been assimilated into a universal language, at both structural and aesthetic level, bringing together designers who eschew an abundance of narration in favour of a minimalist approach that does not signify a lack of values and ideas, but a concentration of expressivity in minimal form. These designers aren’t interested in decoration as a superficial element, but in beauty in its own right, pure and never ostentatious, details that elevate and transform the apparent fragility of a furnishing into a thing of wonder. They include Michael Anastassiades, Francisco Gomez Paz, Oki Sato, FormaFantasma, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Francesco Meda.