Interview with Metrica
Design, Interview, Lifestyle
 
 
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Interview with Metrica
Design, Interview, Lifestyle
 
Since when have you known Extremis? How did the collaboration start? How did you get started designing?

Bruno:
“I met Dirk from Extremis for the first time in 2001 in my capacity as CEO and owner of MDF, a company I founded in 1992. We immediately took a spontaneous liking to each other.
From then onwards, Dirk and I regularly saw each other at trade fairs and we both appreciated each other’s products. When I founded Bruno Fattorini & Partners (now Metrica) together with Robin Rizzini, we were immediately very interested in the outdoor furniture market. Our cooperation with Extremis has started spontaneously after the 2011 edition of the Salone del Mobile.”

Robin:
“Extremis saw our studio as the perfect partner to design a new system for outdoor living. The uniqueness and strong point of our design studio is the fact that we offer design projects backed by research and development in a logic of great practicality: we want to introduce products to the market whose creativity is taken to a higher level by combining design, technology and manufacturing processes.”

Bruno:
“Yes, I think Dirk had a project in mind that focused on creating innovative content with great attention to detail both formally and construction-wise, united in a very straightforward design language. This was our starting point for the Marina project. A table for outdoor use whose archetypical image explicitly refers to the picnic tables used in Northern Europe.”

Robin:
“So we have combined a very straightforward and linear design with technologies and materials new to the sector. The table and the bench are in fact made of pultrusion glass fibre profiles (pultrusion being a continuous process for manufacturing composite materials with a constant cross-section using correctly positioned structural fibres pulled through a heated die). Pultrusion results in profiles of up to 20 metres in length.”

Bruno:
“To us design is not a process purely focussing on aesthetics and shapes, but a discipline capable of creating identity and value by using innovative materials and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, sometimes even borrowed from other industries”.

Robin:
“When working on the Marina project, it was essential to us to fully grasp the Tools for Togetherness philosophy of Extremis. Objective: eating and drinking together outdoors, with up to 40 people at the same table. And to reach this objective we have searched and found the appropriate technology and materials.
Which is your favorite Extremis product?

Bruno:
“That is right. Every product within the Extremis range fully meets the criterion of togetherness. My favourite product is in fact the round Gargantua table, which creates a cosy and intimate atmosphere although it is obviously standing outdoors.”

Robin
“I very much like the outdoor shower Serpentine. It is simple and essential in its originality. "
What do you consider typically Belgian?

Bruno:
“The quarrels between the Dutch and French speaking communities!”

Robin:
“The countryside. To me it is natural to fully enjoy the countryside using furniture whose materials and design exalt and respect its natural surroundings. I have always found it fascinating how Northern people feel about outdoor living. Maybe because the changes in season are clearer there than in Mediterranean countries. The fact remains that Northern people like to spend time outdoors and have an innate sense of aesthetics and respect for outdoor spaces. As if these were a natural extension of their home and as such an area to keep tidy, clean and nicely furbished. When I visited Dirk’s home, right in the heart of the Belgian countryside, I really understood how much outdoor living represented his own DNA. The same DNA you can find in his company."
What's your favourite restaurant in Milan?

Bruno: “Zero

Robin: “Un posto a Milano at the Cascina Cuccagna”
This restaurant is located in a very special spot in Milan: within a former farmhouse, the Cascina Farmhouse, a rural-style building right in the middle of Milan. A farmhouse at a few hundred metres of the city centre where you can eat well and at your ease, so that you can properly enjoy Mother Earth’s produce and taste genuine ingredients of excellent quality. They don’t serve beer in small glasses, only in medium-sized ones. All the better!”