items € 350,-

Bronze Age at Spazio Rossana Orlandi


Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello, 14-16, Milan, Italy / Space G5

After Prague and Paris the Bronze Age hits Milano Design Week

Bronze Age comes from the same design roots as the much-acclaimed Recession Chair project. Bronze Age collection contains all hand crafted pieces, using traditional skills that once underpinned our very survival, each piece manually intensive, and formed from the material that represents the dawn of civilisation. 'For this project I wanted to create something totally opposite to the technology driven trends that are based on new digital tools such as 3D printing. I like the idea that bronze is precious and is therefor implicitly sustainable. It's either preserved or remelted but never discarded, who knows?, maybe these pieces contain a couple of remelted ancient bronze swords!' Says Frank Tjepkema, lead designer and founder of Tjep.

The bronze aspect of the collection infers stability, strength, durability, and sustainabilty. The furniture shapes are classic interpretations, yet they have undergone a transformation. The aim of the collection is to instil connotations of human caused disasters, such as climate change or a nuclear meltdown, putting these pieces at the centre of contemporary social issues. The result however is sculptural, with a pure aesthetic, that is visually light but physically strong. Have these pieces been affected by great calamity or is there strenght in the traditional, like an ancient bronze sword?

The Bronze Age Collection includes:

• Bronze Age Lounge Chair (71 * 52 * 52)

• Bronze Age Chaise Longue (160 * 42 * 76)

• Bronze Age Chair (51 * 47 * 67)

The recession Chair Collection includes:

• Recession Chair (40 * 42 * 58)

• Recession Chair Oxidised (40 * 42 * 58) 

More Tjep. at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Also on show at Rossana Orlandi also Tjep Cubism.

About Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Spazio Rossana Orlandi opened in 2002 in a former tie factory in the Magenta Neighbourhood. The spaces wind around a green courtyard and are divided between different floor levels. Here one can find contemporary and vintage furniture, and of course the famou gallery, which was established in 2008. A space dedicated to limited editions and unique pieces. Since the start, the aim of Rossana and her team was to forecast and promote designers they trully believe in.


Tjep. is looking for design students interested in internships in the field of interior design, product design and especially computational design (Rhino + Grasshopper).