The suspended bookcase can act both as a window and a shutter. Created by a master cabinetmaker and engineer, the wooden bookcase is suspended to a rope with pulleys and steel counterweights which enable a smooth opening and closing, with a simple gesture of the hand. It is meant to either hide or slowly reveal a connexion between two rooms, a dining room and a kitchen for example. It has been imagined by Virieu di Petrillo in collaboration with the Iota Element Atelier.
For their first series of pieces in the Craft Editions Collection, Mayaro partnered with designers Godefroy de Virieu and Stefania di Petrillo inspired by their sensibility to gestures and the emotion which lies within hand-crafted objects. At present, de Virieu is the AD of “Petit H” collection, by Hermès. Each piece is made-to-measure, and inspired by imaginary travels: a balloon in the sky, a trip to Saturn, a walk in a chestnut forest, a visit to a jeweller’s atelier… The signature style of this first edition is the mix of natural, almost raw materials such as wicker or chestnut wood, with leather and rusted metal: all elements that become even more beautiful with the patina of time. Other statement pieces embody the know-how of cabinet maker IOTA Element, such as the Suspended bookcase which can hide or reveal a secret window, the delicate weavings of Frédérique Lamagnère, or the ethereal yet luxurious feather fans by Duvelleroy.