Materially speaking

Materially speaking

Metal mantra

HEAVY METAL: Marzorati Ronchetti specialises in stainless steel. (Inset)  Stefano RonchettiMarzorati Ronchetti, a firm that specialises in metal work, is recognised by the best architects in the world as a bespoke fabrication company. Each project is made to order based on the vision, designs and drawing of the architect / artist / interior designer.

More so, because each designer bears a famous architect’s name and signature style, the piece is one of a kind and unique. There is therefore no opportunity to showcase products in a store or catalogue.

“Metalwork is a complete universe of inspiration and techniques. To be able to dominate this material, it takes attitude, experience, ongoing technical research and perseverance.

Doing that you develop the ability to express visions at very best through the use of metal. If you do it properly, you discover new meanings every day; new ways to answer architects’ needs.

On one end it makes you feel unique, on the other it requires ongoing attention and determination to remain at very best,” says Stefano Ronchetti, the grandson of one of the founders.

A key feature of their projects is the extensive use of exterior cladding to add to the architecture value of a project. “On exterior cladding we have done some of our most important projects.

I think about the Missoni store in Los Angeles, by Patrick Kinmoth; or the Debeers store in Los Angeles, by Antonio Citterio & Partners. Up to the masterpiece of Ron Arad at the design Museum of Holon where we have clad the whole building with 1.9-km ribbon of Cor-ten.

Using metal at the exterior is able to put the whole building into a completely different perspective. It can express identity and values better than any other material,” says Ronchetti.

Founded in 1922 in Cantù, Marzorati Ronchetti is today a leading company in the field of specialist metalwork, relating to production of design, art, furnishing and architecture.

One-off pieces

Specialising in metal, particularly stainless steel, the company oversees the design, development, engineering, manufacture and installation of a wide range of projects and scales from single objects and art pieces, to furniture, internal décor and architectural elements.

Each project is conceived as a one-off piece and high quality is the only common factor.
Headed by Stefano Ronchetti, the company works with artists, architects and designers of international repute.

Recent projects

Some of Marzorati Ronchetti’s recent projects include the furnishing of British Museum’s Great Court in London; by Lord Norman Foster, Roberto Cavalli’s boutique in Paris; by Italo Rota, The Singapore Freeport in Singapore; by Johanna Grawunder, The Tel Aviv Opera House; by Ron Arad and the Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt; by Mario Bellini.

Design musings

Speaking exclusively with Homes & Interiors, Stefano Ronchetti muses on design and India’s place in the design world.

“India is poised to be the next big design destination in terms of the inspiration factor and the abundance of choices. There will be many exciting cross-cultural exchanges in this sector between India and the rest of the world. The Indian footprint is indelible. It is has got the world’s attention and we can safely say that this will continue to foster through the coming years. In India, we’ve seen beautiful examples of the way design has evolved. Indian sensibilities to maintain the cultural variation and all the while assimilate from global experience, exposure and knowledge are overwhelming.

“Indian creativity beautifully creates a synergy of design success in taking from its past, its intrinsic aesthetics and combining it with world-class flair to create a new evolution of design. I think this new evolution will be picked up and replicated by many designers and stylists around the world, who appreciate and recognise the brilliance of innovation that is being churned out of India. I think the Indian impact will soon juxtapose onto the sensibilities of otherwise standard design and art forms to create something more unique that the world has ever seen,” says Ronchetti.

Catering to clients’ needs

The need for high-quality products and finishing is an added attraction for architects. With the confluence of Indian traditional styles of architecture and interiors with contemporary design concepts, India has a large demand for skill sets other than indigenous ones. Today more than ever what matters is uniqueness, and the ability to think of client needs even before that the client realises it. And this company does just that.

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