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Original Ptolomeo - h 215

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Storage - Shelving - design Bruno Rainaldi

€ 1.594,00


Vertical free-standing steel bookcase, polished stainless steel finish for the external part, satin for the inside, engraved with the designer’s signature on the base.
Winner of the 2004 Compasso d’Oro, Original Ptolomeo is the free-standing bookcase that doesn’t require any further presentation; simple, revolutionary, innovative, it has become an icon of contemporary design.
Free-standing, it presents itself as a simple steel column to which thin shelves, also in steel, are attached. The shelves gradually disappear as the column is filled with books. When it is full, Original Ptolomeo becomes totally imperceptible and it appears as if the books are standing up on their own.
Designed by Bruno Rainaldi, Original Ptolomeo is a container that hides its shape to enhance its content, eliminating the “superfluous” to highlight the essential, namely the books.
This stainless steel version shows its most sophisticated face, an undisputed elegance to give a charming touch to all the environment where it is placed. Entrances, living rooms, studios or bedrooms but also bathrooms, Original Ptolomeo can enhance every context with its discreet presence.
Available in three different heights, Original Ptolomeo rests on a solid base suitably studied to ensure its full stability.
Original Ptoloemo is also white, black or corten! Discover all the family finishes!

Code: PTXX215
Dimension: cm 35x35, h 215
Material: steel
Finish: stainless steel
Weight: kg 28
Volume: m3 0,192
Note: capacity approx. 95 volumes. Every shelf can carry up max 2 kg.

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Bruno Rainaldi

Bruno Rainaldi

Bruno Rainaldi was born in Milan in 1952. His training was hands-on, having started at a young age to work in design communication. In his early years in Milan he managed the first High-Tech emporium in Corso di Porta Ticinese, moving on to work first alongside Maddalena De Padova in the historical showroom in Corso Venezia and then with Enrico Baleri as partner in Baleri & Associati, where he was in charge of defining communication strategies for design companies and stores. His beginnings as an autodidact encouraged him in later life to ironically and anti-celebratively define himself as a “street designer” and his style as “chaotically rigorous”.

In the mid-1980s he founded Studio Rari – of which he became the soul and creative director. He also started working as art director with some of the top Italian design companies, leading his name to be associated, amongst others, with Alivar, Casprini, MDF Italia, Mussi Italy, Sintesi, Slamp, Terzani. His encounter, in those same years, with the Ciatti family marked the beginning of an important personal and artistic alliance, that led to the establishment first of CCR and then of Opinion Ciatti.

In the early 2000s, his career took a turn towards the world of design. In 2002, together with Marta Giardini, he founded ENTRATALIBERA, a very special space in the heart of Milan dedicated to design and design culture, sales and encounters. At the same time, his focus shifted to studying and creating objects, furnishing accessories and lamps, where the expertise gained over the years in this sector mingled with design inventions.

Amongst the numerous pieced designed there is the Ptolomeo bookshelf, for which, in 2004, he was awarded the Compasso d’Oro. In 2006, together with the very young Lapo Ciatti, who had just entered the family business, he founded Opinion Ciatti, of which Bruno Rainaldi was President, partner and art director.

He passed away prematurely in February 2011.