Inspired by the classic teak duckboard used in the yachting industry to facilitate the outflow of water, the Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan developed Quadrado, a modular system consisting of suspended square platforms that furnish outdoor spaces with exceptional lightness and flexibility.
A flexible and dynamic furnishing, of undisputed quality and comfort, which perfectly dialogues with the surrounding environment: a young and contemporary proposal that invites informal and original solutions.
The wooden bases welcome comfortable padded cushions with backrests in a special fibre woven with wicker-effect, available in Mud colour or plain Liquorice colour.
The sitting elements are interspersed with wooden surfaces that feature trays or candle holders, that can be arranged as desired with a surprising interlocking effect.
A circular armchair joins this outdoor landscape characterized by its broad compositional freedom.
For the concept, Kogan was inspired by the Japanese Metabolist architecture of the Fifties and Sixties, defined by modular volumes. Originally conceived for large living areas with 102x102 cm modules, starting from January 2020 Quadrado integrates within its range a new, more compact version with 87x87 cm modules that can be combined together to adapt to more limited urban, residential and Hospitality contexts.
The Quadrado double daybed, with its substantial proportions - 242x180 cm - creates an extracomfy nest in which to sit back, relax and dream.
It is designed in the form of a niche, with alcove marked out by the teak duckboard backrest and armrests, and it is completed by a large mattress and soft, enveloping cushions.
The double daybed sits on two metal crosspieces in Bronze, the finish that links all the elements of the 2019 Outdoor Collection.
The partnership between Minotti and Marcio Kogan, Brazilian architect, began in 2017.
Marcio Kogan approached the world of architecture and opened the mk27 studio in São Paolo at the end of the seventies: it has a cosmopolitan team, today consisting of more than thirty architects, all great admirers of Brazilian modernism.
Volcanic and rigorous, attentive to the pure volumes and simple shapes of his designs, as well as the details and finishes, Marcio Kogan favours open, squared architectures - which aesthetically and stylistically merge in and out - characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows that erase the boundary with the outdoors.
With a design style inspired by nature, the warm, light-coloured woods of his homeland, and the clean lines of his architectural works, in 2018, he designed the Quadrado seating system for Minotti. A modular line featuring minimal volumes and materials, and characterised by the light, almost floating design of the bases. A well-structured series of products conceived to furnish both small and large open-air spaces, to be enjoyed in full relaxation mode.
The project was naturally extended in 2019 with the addition of the double daybed, armchair and dining table. Solutions with a strong visual impact, where the Brazilian architect’s distinctive design style comes to the fore.
For the 2020 Collection, Marcio Kogan further strengthened his creative partnership with Minotti by proposing, for the first time, three indoor designs: the Daiki armchairs (available also in the outdoor version together with the dining little armchairs), the Boteco family of sideboards and the Linha tables and coffee tables. The designs incorporate evidence of his trademark minimal style, defined by rigorous lines and shapes, which at the same time express a sophisticated choice of finishes and fine materials.