A collection of remarkable 17-n Cityng architectural chairs was presented by the Florentine Savio Firmino factory in Milan at the SuperSalone exhibition. This collection was specially released for the September edition of the Milan Furniture fair 2021 (Salone del Mobile) and Milan Design Week 2021.
As the name Cityng ("city" - "city") hints, it is devoted to famous cities as magnificent cultural centers and their world-famous iconic architectural monuments. The chairs are a collaborative project by the wizards from Savio Firmino's factory and the young Florentine designer and artist Cosimo De Vita.
This collection conveys an imaginary journey from West to East, from tradition to modernity. In this journey, the chair becomes a symbolic object of a city and allegorically represents its values, traditions, and cultural heritage. The landmark voyage begins in Europe from Florence, the hometown of Cosimo and the Savio Firmino company, continues in Milan, the city of the famous Milan Furniture Fair, the world center of the object and interior design. Then it continues to Rome, Paris, Barcelona and, beyond the European borders, passes through Moscow, Petra, Agra, New York, and Wuhan.
Each solid wood chair of the Cityng collection has an original sculptural bas-relief at the back. Each bas-relief represents a stylized façade of one of the famous buildings that adorn the famous cultural capitals of the world.
The first six chairs depicture Florentine architectural gems. These are six basilicas - the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the Basilica of Santo Spirito, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Basilica of San Lorenzo (2 chairs - one chair with modest façade of basilica, another one with not realized Michelangelo façade), the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, as well as the Cathedral of Florence – Santa Maria del Fiore.
The Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano), or the Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary, the only white marble Gothic-Renaissance cathedral depicted on the back of one of the chairs, symbolizes Milan. The eternal city of Rome is represented by the Palace of Italian Civilization, a symbol of rationalism architecture. The image of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris embodies the infinitely creative Paris, the Basílica de la Sagrada Família - the artistically original Barcelona.
A sacred building symbolizes Moscow - the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (the Cathedral of Basily the Blessed). Petra is symbolized by the mysterious rock temple El-Khazneh. Dedicated to New York, two chairs depict the wonders of engineering thought of the XIX and XX centuries - the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. The Taj Mahal Mausoleum, one of the new seven wonders of the world, is identified with Agra and is depicted on the back of a chair with the same name.
Cosimo De Vita did not miss the ancient Chinese city of Wuhan. Its symbol - the Yellow Crane Tower - is embodied in one of the chairs.
The Cityng collection displays a world of diverse realities, cultures, religions, and aesthetics that can harmoniously coexist around the table. Each chair is a synthesis of the virtuoso skill of Italian cabinetmakers, which they acquired over the centuries and passed from generation to generation, and a brilliant idea of the designer, which allows embodying the magnificent heritage of world culture.