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Porro premieres a geometric beauty from the design studio Front

April 19, 2011 |  9:34 am


By the time the Milan furniture fair closed Sunday, one of the clearest trends to emerge was a renewed love of wood. Oak and walnut replaced powder-coated steel as the materials choice, as booth after booth showcased upholstered chairs and glass tables set on wooden legs, ceramic side tables set on wooden bases, and bookcases and bedroom furniture in natural wood finishes.

One standout: a new chest of drawers from the Italian firm Porro. Oak inlays in four shades created a gorgeous geometric puzzle. The design, by the Swedish studio Front, looked angular yet soft, and the play of the wood grain and the offset position of drawer pulls added a touch of irreverence.


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Photo: Oak inlays in four shades create a gorgeous geometric puzzle in a chest of drawers from the Italian firm Porro, designed by Swedish studio Front. Credit: Franco Forci / For The Times