We believe in research, recycling and design culture.
Set up in 2008, the VLab Design projects stems out from our passion for vintage aestethics and our aim is to give new life to those design pieces that have lost their allure and that strongly claim it back. As we do so, we retain the history and the DNA of those pieces, as our philosophy is to value past times as a guarantee for future quality.
Our work finds inspiration even from basic shapes of recycled items, and we choose to transform them into high-end pieces of furniture thanks to our targeted creative process. We focus on designing new furniture, often thanks to the priceless help of knowledgeable craftsmen’s hands, as we are constantly attracted by the dialogue between past, present and future.
In 2016 Vlab meets Fikus: some of our pieces have found their home in the rooms of this boutique b&b in the countryside of Apulian Itria Valley, that has become our exhibition space and our creative laboratory, always open up to new influences.
The frame of an old baroque armchair has been blackened by fire and then processed with natural oil, on the basis of the ancient japanese Yakisugi technique. The fire has given the wood a special black color and it makes it more resistant to parasitic and to fire itself. The original cover was then replaced with a minimal cord that was braided on the armchair scaffold, thanks to the skillful hands of local artisans.
Arc floor lamp from the 70s. The original chromium plating was gone and the reminescence of its shape to the italian design of the Lambretta motorcycle has brought us to accurately clean it up and paint it with a firing red. The new paint gleam exposes back it rounded shapes: the Lampretta is now beautiful and perfectely functioning.