Adhoc, the design power

Design by Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners

This storage system designed by Bruno Fattorini and Partners, has complex and interesting origins, as the creators themselves explain, “Adhoc was the outcome of research that we’d been doing for two years on new materials for interior design. We were also wanting to develop a product that was agile and resistant, and that could be used for protagonist pieces as well as complements, depending on what was required. Thanks to our collaboration with Zanotta, we were able to design a storage system which is both functional and elegant, in a material which was originally intended for industrial use: sheet steel reinforced with 15% carbon which has allowed us to work with thicknesses of 1.5 mm”. Bruno Fattorini and Robin Rizzini are proud of their Adhoc storage system where design and structural force is manifest in every detail. “The sheet metal trim along the upper edge, the sides and the base is slightly thicker than the rest which creates a subtle reflection, similar to that of a knife-edge, which enriches its minimal structure. Thanks to a patented compass opening mechanism, the door disappears into the unit when opened which streamlines the entire design and reduces unnecessary obstructions. As to solidity, it’s important to emphasize the fact that the reinforcing arrangement which enables the stacking of the 108 cm long units, gets rid of warping: a O-shaped component fixed under the middle of unit, keeps everything in place. The edges of the sheet steel shelves are curved slightly upwards, which is imperceptible to the eye, but which gives a very good level of solidity to the piece as a whole.” The Adhoc structure, simple and lineal, conveys a twofold message of solidity and lightness. Constructed in white, epoxy painted sheet steel, the units can be open, or with drawers and doors. “The options conceivable with Adhoc are infinite since the units can be placed on the ground or fastened to the wall: from a small bedside unit to a big bookcase, to a drawers unit or even a compact unit for professional work. Each Adhoc element in terms of colour, material and design is adaptable and practical for countless stylistic contexts.” The units can be arranged horizontally or stacked in columns of equal width but, as the Zanotta technical office points out, “…not over points that are intermediate in regards to the units below. For systems that are two or more units high, all elements must be attached to the wall.”