When a young Milan-based designer, Stefano Bigi, approached Porada with his design for the ‘Infinity’ table in 2009, just four years after establishing his own studio, the Italian brand was instantly enamoured. Inspired by the curves of the mathematical infinity symbol, the table's undulating base looped endlessly beneath a perfectly round top.
With the piece neatly tying into Porada’s ethos of timeless design and elegant use of wood, the table went into development. Due to the careful craftsmanship required, it took months to achieve a standard that adhered to the brand's delicate balance of function and form. Pushing the firm's manufacturing techniques to new heights, it became the first product of a now long-standing collaboration between Bigi and Porada – the partnership has resulted in the curvaceous ‘Ester’ chair and other-worldy ‘Kosmo’ table, to name just two highlights.
Carefully constructed for stability, and initially born as a coffee table, the dynamic, twisting ‘Infinity’ quickly evolved to become a dining table, too. The design’s intricate base contains 12 elements, available in Canaletta walnut or ash, all handcrafted in Porada’s Brianza workshop to form a striking, seamless knot. The base is then fixed with metal discs, which attach to one of the various tabletop finishes, including tempered glass, chrome, pewter and matt-lacquered surfaces in a range of colours from neutral ‘Ivory’ to ‘Aviation’ blue, or green ‘Pistachio’.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Bigi’s ‘Infinity’ table has cemented its status as a design icon. porada.it
This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration May 2019