Sancal introduced its spirited new Jungla Collection at Salone del Mobile Milan in April this year. The “new and ferocious collection,” as Sancal describes it, is a colourful, fun and eclectic range of furniture
inspired by strong visual cues. Reflecting the diversity that is found in nature, the Jungla Collection sofas, chairs and tables have vibrant colours, textures, forms – and randomness.
“If DB were an animal it would be a wild elephant because of its strong legs,” say Elena and Esther Castaño of Santiago Castaño. “And because of the memory. It’s a product with history that brings us back to the past.” DB is the Spanish acronym for diamante en bruto, which translates to “rough diamond,” reflecting the hexagonal shape of the armchair and two-seater sofa. The collection is inspired by an old prototype the Castaño’s father designed. Elena and Esther tweaked, restyled and upgraded it – polished it like a diamond – while retaining its rough edges.
Rafa García designed Mousse to emulate the airy texture of its namesake dessert. The modular seating collection has a long and low profile with purist forms and balanced proportions, and it includes sofas, chairs and corner pieces that can be configured into varied compositions. The seats are made from fibre and foam to evoke the texture of air bubbles and can be upholstered in an array of fabrics. Sancal presented Mousse in Milan with large arrangements in neutral-coloured upholstery, and smaller more intimate settings in vibrant and textured orange fabrics and leathers.
La Isla is a refuge; an enticing safe haven for visitors to rest. Designed by Note, La Isla provides a sense of place in “non-places,” such as transit areas. The seating has seductive curves and soft upholstery for people to relax, and voluptuous back supports that partition the rounded form, providing a place for strangers to be separate but together.
Yonoh describe the Mullit chair as a “lazy bear” and a “cushion with legs.” The super-spongy chair combines aesthetics and comfort, offering the feeling of sitting on a cushion with the practicality of a chair, making it ideal for long conversations over dinner.
The Tonella family has grown with the addition of a stool. The original Tonella reinterprets Sancal’s very first chair and has a cage-like base inspired by Spanish wine barrels. The new stool exaggerates the metal-rod base, “like a tree frog,” says Note Design Studio, “because it resembles a frog with long sexy legs.”
Isaac Piñeiro’s Tortuga dining tables have the same splayed legs as the Tortuga Lounge Chair (named for the tortoise because its bucket-like form is intended to slow the pace of life), and Dumbbell is collection of tables inspired by the symmetry and power of dumbbell weights. The variety of shapes, heights and sizes make them suitable for a variety of projects.
Sancal presented Jungla Collection at Salon del Mobile Milan with a colourful scenography that had visitors venturing deep into a vivid and vibrant wilderness. Artist Egle Zvirblyte brought the walls to life with wild and wacky animal illustrations, creating a jungle-like environment stamped with Sancal’s tongue-in-cheek sense of humour.
KE-ZU is the exclusive Australian importer of Sancal. Jungla Collection is available at KE-ZU’s Alexandria showroom and online at www.kezu.com.