Henry&Co. have designed Face2Face, a furniture piece that can be used as a stool or small table.
Face2Face is a product which wants to be present in people’s daily actions. Inspired by the famous Bertelli’s masterpiece, which eighty years ago represented its time with a sculpture, today the young designers of Henry&co. want to honor him representing a great modern lack: face-to-face communication.
Modern time allows us to be present in the web, a wide showcase which on the one hand makes us feel increasingly important and presentwithin a niche, as if we were protected by an armor; on the otherhand, as it can be noticed when observing the “new communicators”, it further isolates us from the contact with other people because of the use of computers and smartphones.
The way of thinking of Henry&Co starts exactly from this realization, which brought them to plan simple but efficient elements to stimulate verbal communication. From this way of thinking the Face2Face collection arises; it is composed by a unique element which can be used both as a stool or as a small table, according on its arrangement.
Face2Face objects have also another quality: they can be piled, when not needed, so that they become an expositive totem which creates a whole of impersonal faces, as if they were waiting for our gesture, our call: this is VERBAL COMMUNICATION.
This project has been developed and coordinated by Henry&Co studio, which had the pleasure to collaborate for the realization of Face2Face with two master craftsmen of Verona: the Torneria Ghelfo, the craftsman who realized the wood turning, and Carmagnani Lucidatura, who realized the finishing touch with natural wax, and the painting of the products.
The material used to create the Face2Face product is lime wood, which comes from the central Europe. A typology of natural wax has been used and applied directly to the wood as finishing touch, and it is then protected so it will mantain its characteristics throughout the time.