The story behind Kabinet
KABINET is an ambitious experiment forged out of the pursuit of tasteful aesthetics and a longlasting friendship. The longing for future craftsmanship lies in the foundation of this partnership. Since meeting at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan during their Bachelor’s degrees, Danu Chirinciuc developed his expertise in furniture making in Verona while Daniel Nikolovski moved onto practising interior design internationally before returning to study his Masters in Interior Design at the Royal College of Art.
The two reunited with one simple idea to collaborate and design a capsule furniture collection for Salone del Mobile 2019, composed of upholstered goods and cabinets in different wood finishes and paints. The result was far beyond expected: they came out fully rethinking how upholstered goods are defined today, and proceeded to extend their network of collaborating artisans with the ambitious mission to breathe new life into the Veneto furniture craft region.
The design duo has the vision to bring a youthful interpretation of Italian furniture-making and rare materials into every urban dwellers’ homes. Their struggle to find quality furniture collections in the market that would not break the bank led them to combine their design and furniture making specialities into creating a brand unparalleled to most - serving style, quality and affordability simultaneously.
As much as they are in touch with the new, Danu and Daniel do not see the past as obsolete. As philosopher and bibliophile Umberto Eco brilliantly observes, ‘imitations are done so no longer as mere reproductions; they are neither the representation nor the real remaining – just the hyperreal’. Never ones to be constrained by a single inspiration, they take the liberty to marry a multitude of inspirations - from minimalistic sculptures, naturally forming limestones to the iconic designs of Dino Gavina - which formed the core identity of the brand: future nostalgia. Future nostalgia is the hyperreal and KABINET is the keeper of these postmodern collectibles.Rooted in contemporary art and design culture, pieces from KABINET carry playful forms and colours and daring combinations of materials, integrating unrivalled Italian craftsmanship with a fine contemporary sensibility. Even the smallest item from KABINET will become a treasured collectible in the connoisseur’s tastefully curated home.
Written by Janice Li
Janice Li is a London-based curator and consultant of design and material culture, with particular interests in the crossing over of art/design and science, as well as their relations with inclusivity and sustainability. She also engages in projects concerning identity (gender, body and ethnic) and decolonisation. An alumna of the Royal College of Art, she has curated the touring Designing Craft Crafting Design, Food Symphony (MoMA Biodesign), was part of Victoria & Albert Museum's Fashioned from Nature and is a consultant for the Science Museum (London).
Daniel Kozma, visual artist and graphic designer, founding member of diameter collective, personal work: @danielkozma, London, Budapest