Designed by Piero Bottoni in 1936 for Villa Muggia, Zanotta is proud to re-edition the Fenice table, a design that has survived war and is now brought into the 21st century with new technology.
The new version has been sensitively modified to take advantage of new technology, making it more appropriate for contemporary living.
Originally made from reinforced concrete cast on-site at the Villa Muggia, Zanotta has remade the piece in new materials. The cement resin surface replicates the physical nature of the original design, while internally Polimex® creates structure and volume.
Fenice was revived using the original designs conserved at the Polytechnic University of Milan and made available by the Archivio Bottoni.
War and peace: the amazing history of the Fenice
Designed in 1936, the Fenice was the first modern table with a central leg. It was created twenty years prior to the appearance of tables with similar supports in furniture catalogues.
The original Fenice was constructed in reinforced concrete cast on site and firmly anchored to the floor of the dining room of Villa Muggia in Imola.
The villa was bombed during World War II and today standing in ruins. Amazingly, the table – the real heart of the house – survived and is still in place, a testament to how certain avant-garde works are able to defy the passing of time.
The 2016 version is the latest re-edition of a design that was reworked by the master architect Piero Bottini himself three times. In the 1940s for the décor of two private homes, Bottini had the table constructed in a walnut wood version followed by a pear wood edition.
The more extreme version of the same project was four metres in length. Built entirely of concrete, it was exhibited at the IX Triennale di Milan in 1951. A striking sculptural virtuosity, the 1951 Felice is an awe-inspiring demonstration of the capabilities of Italian craftsman. It survives only as a scaled model within the Archivio Bottoni.
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