Sustainable design is not just about incorporating green materials, but about making things that will last forever, physically and aesthetically. A great example is the classic Charles and Ray Eames furniture line, which includes items that more than thirty, forty years after their breakthrough are still desirable and cool.
We're not sure if Menini Nicola's furniture will still be around in thirty years, but with their classic lines and use of local, sustainable wood, they're certainly up for a good start. Take a look at the beautiful photos inside.Menini Nicola is a furniture firm based in Montevideo, Uruguay, founded by industrial designers Carlo Nicola and Agustin Menini. They've been designing furniture for six years, but opened their own label in April 2009.
Desk from the Montevi line.
Their pieces are made with local wood from reforestation areas and produced locally in Uruguay.
But more importantly, their lines have a classic, yet sleek and modern look that never goes out of fashion. One of the best is their Montevi line, which includes a chair, desk, bookshelf and a lower table for electronics.
Bookshelf from the Montevi line.
With clear woods and these simple lines, the parallel with nordic designers like architect Alvar Aalto is evident. However, the designers say they take inspiration more from lifestyles than from classic pieces.
A few more pics below, links at the bottom.
The beautiful chair from the Montevi line.
A lower table for electronics, also from the Montevi line.
The Guga chair.
'Jessie' coffee table.
For more about the designers and the furniture, contact the brand through their website: Menini-Nicola.com.
Thanks Ana Lisa for the tip!
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