Available in various sizes and finishes, arranging Lou coffee tables near one another calls to mind a charming domestic landscape.
The construction of these tables is especially complex and combines modern technology with cabinetmaking tradition. The contoured internal structure is in MDF, sheathed in larch veneered plywood, which is then milled along the curved edges. The larch base in prefinished Dove Grey and Licorice lacquer finish is paired with flush-set tops made of materials designed to create unexpected contrasts. The class of Calacatta marble and the depth of pâte de verre marry well with the texture and feel of the wood.
The Lou collection also includes a coffee table with a swivel base in larch prefinished Dove Grey or with Licorice color lacquer finish. The top is in Calacatta marble or in black pâte de verre. The open compartments are sheathed in Bronze color satin finish metal. This coffee table fits seamlessly in the bedroom, in place of a traditional bedside table, as well as in the living room, paired with any of the seating options in the Minotti collection.
The strategic collaboration between Minotti and Rodolfo Dordoni, architect and designer from Milan, began back in 1997.
Rationalist architect and professional with a multi-faceted personality, Rodolfo Dordoni met Renato and Roberto Minotti towards the end of the nineties. The Minotti brothers immediately considered Rodolfo Dordoni’s cultural background, professional experience and sensitivity as an interior decorator the ideal basis for forging a strong relationship. The challenge that faced them was to create a new vision of the company.
So, in 1997, Rodolfo Dordoni presented his first collection of seats, tables and coffee tables, including Suitcase, the iconic cubic armchair freely inspired by the world of fashion and luggage-making. A successful design, rigorous and non-conventional, which marked the beginning of a consolidated relationship that has spanned more than twenty years and shows no signs of slowing down.
The next year, in 1998, he was nominated Art Director and coordinator of all the company’s collections. This marked a turning point that launched him on a pathway of continuous research, guided by the values of coherence, determination, passion and enthusiasm. Over the years, it led to the definition of a full range for the home, designed for both indoor and outdoor environments and for Hospitality spaces, fully interpreting the concept of “collection” and “lifestyle”.
Year after year, collection after collection, this collaboration has played a part in reinforcing the brand identity and in giving the collections a feel of exclusivity, carrying a strong message of quality and fine Italian craftsmanship all round the world, by innovating and creating continuity.
The collaboration has also extended to designing the stands for the various editions of the Salone del Mobile in Milan and Shanghai and the fair in Cologne, as well as the creation of spaces such as the Minotti New York flagship store, opened in 2010, and the company showroom installed in the headquarters in Meda in 2012.
His many iconic indoor and outdoor furniture designs created since he began working with the company over 20 years ago have recently been joined by some new additions - the Connery and Blazer indoor and the Sunray outdoor seating systems - all characterised by pure volumes, sharp geometries and a haute couture approach to sartorial craftsmanship - along with a myriad of furnishing solutions, small furniture and accessories.