Since the 15th century, Flanders and (the then Republic of) Genoa have had a collaborative relationship particularly when it comes to the arts. Flemish painting and carpets were liked very much by the Genoese upper class. A rich tradition that the Italian furniture brand Giobagnara is pleased to continue by calling on the talent of our very own Glenn Sestig for their new collection.
The Lloyd Collection designed by Glenn Sestig Architects for Giobagnara is the result of a wish from the Italian furniture brand for a new collaboration between the craftsmen of the Ligurian coast and a Flemish Master. A few decades ago, it was Pieter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Duyk who went to the prosperous city at the request of the Italian aristocracy to immortalise them in sumptuous portraits.
Once again a successful collaboration between Flanders and Genoa
And now it’s Glenn Sestig’s turn, Belgium’s top designer – who by the way likes to use art as inspiration – to create something for Giobagnara that combines various influences into a stylish whole. The pieces are both elegant and robust and can’t really be placed under any one style. In the 'Lloyd' collection, we see the use of various natural materials that go hand in hand: the dark Canaletto wood, travertine, cashmere, wool. The designs radiate craftsmanship, serenity and a timeless aesthetic. The collection is certainly a beautiful addition to Glenn Sestig's architecture. Playing with proportions and perspectives, his projects are refined, characterised by an excellent eye for detail. We continue to be pleasantly surprised by an architect who remains true to his vision and design philosophy despite working on a much smaller scale. And that craftsmanship is clearly appreciated far beyond Belgium! Images courtesy of Glenn Sestig Architects