Welcome to the Jungle: Sancal at Salone del Mobile Milan
Sancal is a perennial favourite at Salone del Mobile Milan and this year introduced its Jungla collection with a colourful scenography that had us venturing into a vivid and vibrant wilderness.
“We were inspired by the diversity of nature in its wildest state, in its chiaroscuro, vibrant colours, randomness, impossible forms, limits and how we have transgressed them,” Sancal described.
Artist Egle Zvirblyte brought the dark walls to life with wild and wacky illustrations of animals to inhabit the fictional world. Sancal presented its “new and ferocious collection” in this jungle-like environment, with sofas, chairs and tables and a range of eclectic lifestyle accessories stamped with Sancal’s signature brand of humour.
Seating areas comprised Rafa García’s modular seating Mousse (below) and Santiago Castaño’s DB chairs and sofa. Mousse has a long and low profile with purist forms and balanced proportions with sofas, chairs and corner pieces that can be configured into linear and angular compositions. Sancal’s stand featured large arrangements in neutral-coloured upholstery, while smaller more intimate settings were in vibrant and textured orange fabrics and leathers.
Santiago Castaño’s DB armchair and two-seater sofas (below) have diagonal and faceted angles. DB is the Spanish acronym for diamante en bruto, which translates to “rough diamond.” The collection is inspired by an old prototype designed by Elena and Esther Castaño’s father. They tweaked, restyled and upgraded it – like a polished diamond – while retaining its rough edges.
La Isla by Note, in lush green and rich brown upholsteries, provided islands of refuge in the jungle scenography. Designed to provide a sense of place in “non-places,” La Isla has seductive curves and soft upholstery for rest and relax. With voluptuous back rests that partition the rounded form, it is a place for strangers to be separate but together.
The installation included a variety of tables and chairs, the latest being the Mullit chair by Yonoh(above). Described as a “cushion with legs,” the chair combines both aesthetics and comfort offering the feeling of sitting on a cushion, with the practicality of a chair.
Other pieces included Isaac Piñeiro’s Tortuga dining tables(above), which have the same splayed legs as the Tortuga chair; the Tonella stool (below), designed by Note Design Studio, which reinterprets Sancal’s very first chair and has a cage-like base inspired by Spanish wine barrels; and the Dumbbell collection of tables with bases that mimic the table top.
Sancal also presented a new line of fun lifestyle accessories called COSAS (the Spanish word for “things”) that will continue to expand over time. Brightening up the walls of the stand with design, humour and art, the COSAS collection includes the Flower Power textile vases (below), Rift cushions and Sin Pistols bag holster. Egle Zvirblyte illustrated the Tápame Mucho and Flora & Fauna blankets and designed the Lindo Gatito and Born Free blankets (below).