Alessandro Mendini's Wooden Sideboard Designs Meld Four Different Wood Types

By: Laura McQuarrie - Sep 24, 2014
References: ateliermendini.it & design-milk
These wooden sideboard designs by Alessandro Mendini make the distinctive woodgrains the most decorative elements of the furniture pieces, making the storage pieces more like works of art. The two sideboards created for Porro make use of three different types of wood, including elm, oak and acacia. Each of these different wood types has been stitched together in a way that makes the design look like furniture's equivalent of quilting.

The two pieces, Shermo and the taller standing cabinet Maggio use a wooden inlay technique, so that the arrangement of wooden pieces is sleek and seamless. On the inside of the storage pieces, there is some subtle metal detailing on the maple interior, where another type of wood is introduced.