Nichetto photographed at Casa da Escrita

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We chose a very special location for the Nichetto photoshoot in late 2015, Casa da Escrita in Coimbra, Portugal. Formerly known as Casa do Arco, the residence of the late poet João Cochofel, Casa da Escrita was refurbished in 2010 by architect João Mendes Ribeiro, and repurposed as a space for writing events and a temporary residence for practicing writers. The refurbishment was sensitive to the historic features of the building, preserving elements such as decorative ceilings and corniced walls, while simplifying the living spaces, adding flexibility, and bringing a warm, functional modernity.

Located near to the De La Espada factory, Casa da Escrita communicates a shared heritage, as well as aligned values: real, tactile materials, pared down forms, and the transformative power of design.

Above image: Stanley Sofa, Blanche Bergere, Elysia Lounge Chair and Laurel Tables by Nichetto

Photo credit: Yuki Sugiura

With thanks to:
Triton, rug
Michael Anastassiades, lights
David design, throw
Massimo Gardone, bedlinen and shawl
Skultuna, accessories
Mjolk, accessories
Wästberg, lamp on desk
Larusi, rug in office

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Harold Desk and Vivien Dining Chair by Nichetto

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Dubois Bed and Mitch Low Cabinet by Nichetto

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“My idea was really simple, to work really deeply with details and the handcrafted quality of what De La Espada do,” Luca Nichetto.

Nichetto designs intentionally highlight the expert craftsmanship of De La Espada through natural finishes, complex forms, exposed frames, and upholstery stitching influenced by traditional tailoring.

Stanley Sofa features woodwork that is so complex, the frame alone is akin to building three highly sculptural chairs. It then has the added complexity of the meticulous upholstery.

The image above shows a De La Espada craftsperson working on the combined leg and arm assembly for a Stanley Sofa. He is removing glue from the channel, which seeped through when the two components were attached. The upholstery will later be stapled into this channel. The hole at the end is the mortise into which the curved timber component that runs along the bottom of the backrest will be attached. That bottom curved component is made from laminated timber, in a manner reminiscent of the Danish Craft period. This image provides a sense of the sheer scale of components and handwork involved in the construction of the Stanley Sofa.

The sofa is constructed of over 50 components, with almost 40 of these unique, meaning not duplicated in any other part of the form. Each component is defined to achieve the most sculptural forms, and the most beautiful wood grain. The process for each involves careful timber selection, skilled CNC operation, pre-assembly, fine-tuning details with hand adjustments and sanding before the final hand assembly, and hand finishing.

The upholstery on the Stanley Sofa is more complex than many other upholstered pieces due to the level of detail, apparel-inspired stitching, balance of tension and looseness in the fabric, curved shapes, and the wooden toggles which attach the cushions. The sofa is as much about what you don’t see as what you do.

Our craftspeople must take intelligent decisions at every stage of manufacture to produce the most beautiful possible product, as every decision, every detail works together to create the authentic luxury and enduring beauty of the sofa.

Nichetto products are influenced by the great American interior designers of the 1950s, Scandinavian design, and Italian postmodernism, which translates into a classic aesthetic where luxury is revealed in the details.

Dubois is a bed system crafted in premium solid hardwood and luxurious fabrics. The wraparound headboard provides a sense of privacy, while the exposed timber frame and generous expanse of upholstery celebrates the quality of materials and craft. Suitable for residential or contract environments, the bed is available with a tall headboard, with or without integrated bedside tables.

Mitch is a cabinet system made from solid hardwood and polished lacquer. The lightweight appearance belies the robust structure. The cabinet includes removable storage boxes, and sliding doors. Inspired by traditional Venetian doorbells, burnished brass is used for the door pull, for an exciting contrast of materials that nods to the designer’s heritage.

Above image: Dubois Bed with bedsides and Mitch Low Cabinet by Nichetto

Photo credit: Yuki Sugiura

With thanks to:
Triton, rug
Michael Anastassiades, lights
David design, throw
Massimo Gardone, bedlinen and shawl
Skultuna, accessories
Mjolk, accessories

Nichetto products are influenced by the great American interior designers of the 1950s, Scandinavian design, and Italian postmodernism, which translates into a classic aesthetic where luxury is revealed in the details.

Harold is a classic writing desk with tabletop drawer and open storage spaces. There is a sculptural quality to the solid wood body, with carved components joined together to form the upward curve of the tabletop, offering beauty from every angle. It is available in solid hardwood with high gloss lacquer accents, for an interesting juxtaposition of materials.

Vivien is a sculptural solid wood chair featuring complex curves and traditional joinery. Luca Nichetto designed this chair to celebrate the craft skills of De La Espada, working deeply with the detailing and hand crafted quality. Crafted using a combination of technology and hand work, large sections of solid wood are machined on a CNC, with additional carving, assembly and finishing all performed by hand. Vivien is available in solid ash stained bordeaux, anthracite, bone or olive with a clear matte lacquer finish.

Photo credit: Yuki Sugiura

With thanks to:
Wästberg, lamp
Mjolk, accessories
Larusi, rug