Leftover

FURNITURE: TABLES AND CHAIRS
Palermo
Produced by craftsmanship, Leftover pieces are almost infinite-size, mainly made-to-measure

HISTORY

The LEFTOVER collection launched in July 2011 by Swiss Designer Alfred von Escher alongside Strategy Advisor, Raffaella Guidobono.

Oluwatola Enitan Onifade is the cabinet maker and a solid column of the whole story, together with Harona Musah and Princley Ehirim, both makers working in the Palermo resin workshop and Robi von Escher in the Zurich one. The LEFTOVER workshop, housed in a XVI Century Palace in the heart of Palermo in Sicily, resembles more a laboratory, atelier, event room and home, than a furniture factory of 250 sq.mt. where, in fact, each piece is entirely handmade. 

Beside the LEFTOVER brand, with advocacy for quality design, studio427 team unveiled its own polyvalent nature in Biennale Architettura 2012 throughout hosting in the public Venice Greenhouse, Serra dei Giardini, a series of shows, lectures, and workshops on Design, Architecture, Cinema, Botanic, Food. The collateral event <A Better World> was conceived to simulate a condition free of hosting multiple interventions and a participatory process of networking and cooking. As Partner of [a casa] FBR project, the LEFTOVER table collections hosted many brunches so far during 49th and 50th Salone del Mobile in Milano.

Welding together Craftmanship and Design the LEFTOVER production reveals a contemporary and simple shape in any table, chair, stool, cabinet, as well as in a site-specific installation on demand. The first public LEFTOVER intervention can be seen in the h+ garden in Milano. In April 2012 Alfred von Escher built a ladder like a temporary climbing plant. The result is a permanent installation of 20 tables and coffee-tables which leads to the 1st floor terrace. Every piece, stacked with a system based on height and depth of the steps of a staircase of Palazzo Steri in Palermo, is held together by 40x70mm steel pins, that form a solid self-supporting structure. The structure is airy and light, vaguely inspired by the woven bamboo towers by Mike and Doug Stam.

PRODUCTION

Produced by craftsmanship, the bespoke LEFTOVER brand underlines its handy-skill for almost infinite-size, mainly made-to-measure. Rescuing scaffolding and wood stock, from theatre stages, cinema and commercials sets, the multiple layer 18mm marine plywood is first recycled, then upcycled. Hours of rubbing up and cuttings make possible the choice, research and selection of the best raw material to use. The color palette is the result of mixing pigments with cement, to get the colored resin cement in various shades of soft grey, beige, umber, sand, cream, butter, brown, ochre, green, black and pink. The top resin finishing is made with transparent epoxy resin Rezina® surface.

With nothing but a dismantle crate, the furniture come in a simple design, sudden change in colors and some imperfections that make them slightly different as if they were custom made.

REGION

Palermo, Sicily’s main port, lies on the edge of a very fertile plain that was called in the 15th century Conca D’Oro on account of its lush citrus plantations, palm trees and olive-groves. At one time it was a favorite haunt of writers, poets and artists, who were enraptured by its eastern atmosphere and beauty. Built and grown over the course of centuries, Palermo conveys a range of diverse cultures and traditions. It suffered heavy damages during the Second World War bombings, its old quarters destroyed and never been completely rebuilt. Also, the construction of large modern crumbling buildings in the suburbs has done nothing to improve the city’s image.