London design studio Oeuffice has updated its collection of stools based on Greek column capitals with white marble versions, and displayed them in a black courtyard in Milan. The Kapital collection comprises a series of limited-edition tables and stools, each abstracted from the forms and assemblages often found in classical architecture. For each of the nine pieces, the studio took cues from on the capitals – or heads – of columns found in the three orders of ancient Greek architecture: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian.
British architect David Chipperfield similarly focused on these three styles when designing a range of cabinets for his first gallery collaboration with David Gill. Each stool presented at the installation is slightly different in shape, and all are handmade in Italy from solid white Carrara marble. The collection was presented in an installation curated by the Carwan Gallery, inside the courtyard of a hotel in the Brera district during this year’s Milan design week.
For the installation, Carwan Gallery – which was founded in 2010 by architects Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Pascale Wakim – chose to present the white pieces in a contrasting dark-coloured courtyard of the Senato hotel. Arranged around the patio area, the stools were reflected in a very shallow pool beneath. Before it became the boutique hotel, the Neoclassical building was home to the Ranza family for four generations. All seats and tables inside the hotel were designed by architect Alessandro Bianchi, who also completed the interiors.