New Beginnings – Tacchini’s Latest Releases Available Through Stylecraft

Words by James Lyall Smith
Photography by Mattia Parodi

Established in 1965 amid a golden era for European design, Italian furniture brand Tacchini represents both sophisticatedly modern and classically designed pieces. Available in Australia exclusively through Stylecraft, the Tacchini portfolio embraces the simple and harmonising design elements that makes the brand so uniquely Italian. During the restructured Milan Design Week 2021, Tacchini wrote a new chapter in its storied history through the presentation of two new and two re-released pieces, which together represent a journey through time.

Tacchini’s release of the Pigreco Armchair, originally created in 1959 by renowned Italian designer and architect Tobia Scarpa, is a powerful reintroduction of a design icon. Tacchini collaborated closely with Scarpa himself to create an exclusive re-edition of Pigreco, in Canaletto walnut, walnut-stained ash and charcoal grey ash, also featuring leather or fabric seat covering. An unparalleled piece of design history, Pigreco conveys a sense of lightness in a series of interplaying forms that express the elegance of the ratio hidden behind minimal and intersecting lines, meaning the piece remains as avant-garde now as it was over 60 years ago.

The second re-edition of Tacchini’s latest collection takes the form of the Orsola Lounge and Armchair, originally designed by distinguished Italian designer Gastone Rinaldi in 1970. Tacchini worked tirelessly to ensure the new edition of Orsola stays true to its original spirit, while still featuring a latest generation covering, supported elegantly by a rounded chrome metal frame – to give the 2021 version of the Orsola an overall more inviting feel. Further paying tribute to the original form of this classic Italian design, the sofa and armchairs are handcrafted by master European upholsterers as they were 50 years ago, while being brought into present-day through modernised production techniques to meet the rigours of modern life.

Complementing these classic designs, Tacchini adds a new piece to the 2021 collection with the Elephant Armchair, designed by Lebanese- American designer Karen Chekerdjian. Voluminous and substantial proportions are combined with a focus on longevity and sustainability, creating an armchair suitable for both commercial and residential environments. The frame and rear belt detail are derived from handcrafted leather, with a comfortable goose-down padded cushion acting as the back rest. Available in tan leather or dark brown, the Elephant Armchair can also be accompanied by an ottoman for sophisticated relaxation.

The final piece in the collection is introduced as the Togrul Table from Maltese designer Gordon Guillaumier. Produced to be solid and unmovable, drawing inspiration from the monuments of the world’s ancient civilisations, Togrul’s sculptural base is the perfect synthesis of energy and strength. Available in different sizes, the eye-catching Togrul base is made from rigid polyurethane and finished in clay, derived completely from raw earth and applied by hand by master craftspeople. Complementing the raw materiality of the base, the marble top is available in a round version in various finishes that serve to suit any interior aesthetic.

Available in Australia exclusively through Stylecraft, Tacchini’s latest collection represents another significant milestone in the storied history of the Italian design brand. Through commitment to innovation in new pieces while simultaneously introducing modern generations to the icons of our past, Tacchini transcends trends to create powerful design statements.