Naan Table by Piero Lissoni is strong and stable with an extremely light look. The essential lines of the Naan table are accentuated by the slender 10 mm rectangular top, available in a range of materials. When exposed to very high temperatures, the wood becomes resistant to dampness, while taking on a darker hue that sets off the natural vein. The wood becomes harder and more compact, while the color leaches down into the wood, remaining unchanged over time. The availability of extendable table-tops renders the piece exceptionally versatile and suited to any setting.
Industrial but playful might sound like a contradiction, but in the hands of Piero Lissoni, it makes perfect sense. The Italian architect and designer has become one of the most accomplished of his generation, with collaborations with everyone from Alessi to Flos to Tecno. After training as an architect at the prestigious Politecnico di Milano University, Lissoni formed his own firm to create witty takes on modernism’s clean lines.
In 1996, he launched a visual communication agency, Graph.x, followed 17 years later by Lissoni Architettura, which handles interior design projects. But Lissoni’s furnishings really show off his charm: his Otto seating system for Cassina, named for the way the numeral is pronounced in Italian, tosses a titular number of comfy cushions into a slim aluminum rectangle for a perfect blend of hard and soft. And his Extrasoft system for Living Divani tosses away the frame entirely. It’s a chic take on the kid’s bedroom favorite, the beanbag, but with a lifetime’s worth of possible arrangements.