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Team Italia: Cantori joins forces with superyacht design firm FM Architettura d’Interni

21 March 2018

For more than 40 years Italian furniture company Cantori has been creating design-led pieces that combine traditional craftsmanship with modern elegance and style, as well as a flair for experimentation in form that pushes the boundaries of furniture design. The family-run business takes a sculptural approach to furniture that has seen it become a firm fixture in yacht interiors, and Cantori is building upon this reputation with a new collaboration with FM Architettura d’Interni, perfectly suited to the superyacht market.

Founded by Francesca Muzio and Maria Silvia Orlandini, FM Architettura works internationally creating high-end interiors for private residences, hotels and superyachts. Some of its notable marine projects include the 65 metre Lürssen Polar Star and 63 metre Benetti Waku, while the studio has also worked on Shangri-La hotels at the Shard in London, in Shanghai and Nanjing, and residential developments such as Manila’s Horizon Homes and Ciftci Towers in Istanbul.

Dining chair from the Paradox collection by Cantori and FM Architettura d’Interni

Working in conjunction with Cantori’s in-house designers, FM Architettura has drawn on its marine expertise to create Paradox, a line of outdoor furniture, incorporating sofas, lounges, dining tables, coffee and side tables, chairs, bar stools, lanterns, and planters in clean, chic lines. Highlighting Cantori’s legacy in skilled metalwork – bronze pieces were among the company’s founding products and the modern iron bedsteads they evolved into remain some its most popular designs – the new line is available in brass and iron tones symbolic of Cantori’s association with metalwork over the decades. The two tones have also been created to simultaneously contrast and complement one another and, when displayed together, highlight the simplicity of form that makes these pieces at once stand out and work in harmony with any interior design scheme. The brass reflects and refracts light to create a unique glow at any time of day, while the deep contrast of the iron engages shadows and creates a perception of depth.

Of course, designing outdoor furniture requires a different mindset, experience and thought process to creating indoor pieces, and so FM Architettura approached the collection with a sensitivity towards the need to balance indoor and outdoor living, something that comes particularly into play on a superyacht. Thanks to its extensive experience in the marine sector, FM Architettura has designed furniture that takes this transition into account, working seamlessly to help create the easy, relaxed atmosphere every owner looks for on board.

Dining table from the Paradox collection by Cantori and FM Architettura d’Interni

Handcrafted in Camerano, near the Adriatic coast of Italy, where both Cantori and FM Architettura are based, the collection is inspired by the rolling hills of Le Marche and the centuries-old tradition of artisanal techniques for which it is known. As well as the skilled sculptural metalwork with which Cantori made its name, the pieces also incorporate solid teak, stone and luxurious fabrics, which help to soften the hardness of the metal while adding an extra bold visual element. These details highlight the ergonomic lines of each piece and offer a sense of comfort.

The coming together of these two bastions of Italian luxury represents an opportunity to invest in pieces crafted with the insight of decades of design experience, infused with style. If you’re looking to update your deck furniture this season, let this latest collaboration from Cantori and FM Architettura d’Interni be the pieces to accompany you on your next voyage into the unknown.