The Bramante Credenza is a storage unit with a contemporary look and architectural presence. Bramante draws on classic inspiration, and has become the emblem of the Ultrarazionale collection. The importance of this collection lies in its going beyond the limits imposed by the Italian Rationalist movement, reclaiming traditional materials as well as techniques, such as lacquer work, for large-scale production. While the reworking of the shapes and sizes of the Bramante unit has been undertaken in the spirit of innovation, the artisanal finish enhances the surfaces, with the many coats of lacquer applied making each piece unique, an item to be treasured.
The 2019 rework keeps the shapes and dimensions unchanged but profoundly changes the construction structure, eliminating the modules, thus making it more contemporary and adding a new interior lighting and continuous glass shelves with a spirit of innovation. The handcrafted finish enhances the surface with multiple lacquered passages that define its uniqueness and preciousness and is also available in three precious hand-shaded versions, each with a combination of two different colors.
Kazuhide Takahama was born in Kyushu, Japan in 1930 and after completing his studies in Architecture in Tokyo, started working in Kazuo Fuioka's studio. In 1957, he came to Italy to visit the Triennale in Milan where he met Dino Gavina with whom he was to work for many years. By 1963 he moved to Bologna and came into contact with the most active Italian designers of the time. He developed his own well-defined stylistic lexis in a climate of profuse cultural exchanges.
His furniture and lighting designs often feature clean lines and formal restraint. In his works, signs from the oriental culture in which he was trained overlap with features of the Western culture in which he was immersed. He has produced designs for Cassina, Knoll, Gavina, and B&B Italia.