On the occasion of Milano Design City, Lualdi presents Altaj, the new project from the studio of SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli, which emphasizes the importance of detail in design. During a conversation with the company, the designers describe the concrete result of this approach to the project.
Milan, 7 October 2020 - The new door designed by SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli for Lualdi is inspired by Altaj - literally “golden mountain” - the mountain range in Central Asia that ever since the Bronze Age has been renowned for its artistic influence on neighboring China.
Altaj is designed to go beyond the minimalism of a door flush with the wall. Indeed, the door designed by SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli does not disappear into the wall, but is actually highlighted by the metal profile that frames the door and enhances the finish. The decorative aspect of the door thus emerges from the wall, underlining its symbolic meaning of crossing, of passage.
“Altaj - explains the architect Mr Blengini - was born from the desire to combine the simplicity of the forms with technological research and performance. Pushing to the limits the expressive potential of this object and its possibilities for customization". Altaj in fact consists of a thin frame which, extending out from the wall with a minimum thickness of 1.5 cm, takes on a threadlike appearance. The edge that runs round all four sides thus creates the three-dimensionality of the object, both when seen aligned with the wall, as well as the opposite, when the door is contained in the niche created by the thickness of the wall.
The symmetry of the frame and the absence of a striker make the door a very effective decorative element, even when it is in the open position. Because it is so light, Altaj lends itself to being covered with different materials, from wood to gres, from leather to wallpaper, to create well defined visual effects and become the key element of the space thanks to an unmistakable and innovative feature.
The Talk: the importance of detail in the project
The presentation of the Altaj door is an opportunity for Lualdi to reflect together with the SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli studio on the current state of interior design, directing our thought towards new living spaces that are able to respond to the needs of a contemporary lifestyle. In this way, the architects Giuseppe Blengini and Agostino Ghirardelli enter the interior of the home, reflecting on the meaning of the project and thinking of details as functional tools.
An exercise that starts from the work carried out by the Studio, from the moment of its foundation up to the present day: a journey of collaboration with Italian companies that actively support and promote technological research and style in design. This open dialogue is a valuable opportunity to investigate where the gaze and thought of architects is directed today, in fields ranging from design to major urban planning interventions.