Buffets and Cabinets Blog Shares with you oxidized Metal Cabinet Designs by Alessandro Zambelli. This furniture collection from designer Alessandro Zambelli features a puzzle of metal pieces that have been oxidized to different degrees.
Commissioned by London gallery Matter of Stuff for its Curated by MOS exhibition, the Marque collection is inlaid with metal shapes that have subtle color variation.
Zambelli achieved this variation by oxidizing a single type of metal to different levels on each piece of furniture.
The “dry bar” is made from brass in warm brown hues, while its console is made of cooler iron and the side table has a green-patinated copper top.
Zambelli’s aimed to take a fresh approach to traditional marquetry with his collection.
“The use of inlaid metal is an homage to the Paris of the 20s and to the art-deco designs of Emile Ruhlmann and Jean Dunand, who were the main advocates of this style,” said Zambelli, who has previously worked with panels of geometric wood.
The art-deco period also inspired the light, curving metal forms in the furniture’s profile.
After oxidation, the sheets of metal were cut into geometric shapes and assembled like a jigsaw alongside pieces cut from complementary sheets.
The pieces are inlaid into wood to form the cabinet doors, tabletop, and other details.
Zambelli developed the Marque furniture with the factory of specialty Italian metal manufacturer Toscari. Matter of Stuff paired Zambelli with the manufacturer for the Curated by MOS exhibition, which aimed to marry traditional Italian craftsmanship with contemporary design ideas.