Acclaimed designer Gianni Cinti has produced an outstanding new cutlery collection with Sambonet. Jungle has pushed the boundaries – testing Sambonet’s already exceptional skillset with is complex décor and intricate design. The result, however, is a glorious ode to technical mastery. Tableware International speaks with the passionate Gianni Cinti about working with metal and the complexities of the collection…

Gianni, what was the brief from Sambonet when designing the Jungle collection?

The brand wanted to create a contemporary but also iconic cutlery assortment, reflecting Sambonet values. The product was supposed to respect the brand’s heritage and promote sustainability and innovation at the same time, speaking to a large audience with a contemporary and timeless language. It looked like a complex but engaging design challenge.

Designer Gianni Cinti pictured at the launch of Jungle at Salone del Mobile 2022

What was your starting point when it came to the inspiration?

My project was based on construction and deconstruction: two design actions strictly related to fashion, always my reference framework. It was an à-rebours job in that I made the whole foliage pattern first. It was inspired by simple and nature-inspired shapes, drawn in pencil. After the pattern design, I dealt with its placement, so that every cutlery piece had a décor piece. Each abstract sign had to reveal a whole pattern, just like it was conceived, when all pieces where close to each other only.

Jungle comes in four colourways – stainless steel, gold, black and copper

What challenges were you presented with when working on Jungle?

I faced multiple challenges, both technical and design oriented. Cutlery has limited surface to feature a décor, and my idea was to create a large, asymmetric and visible décor. I think this was the turning point of this project – before Jungle, all cutlery textures were micro and seamless on the cutlery’s handle. Jungle has different aesthetics.

Read the rest of the interview HERE.

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