Designers: Luca Nichetto
Location: Venice, Italy
Design star Luca Nichetto has worked with major companies like Foscarini, Cassina, David Design, Discipline, Moroso and Petite Friture of which Swell is designed for. Nichetto has also participated in various design exhibitions in Europe, Japan and the USA. In 2006 Luca Nichetto launched his own firm, Nichetto & Partners, which specializes in industrial design and consulting.
Swell is a small collection of desktop pieces constructed of cement that is manipulated into two different shapes. These pieces were designed for ultimate function and allure. The collection includes a small paperweight design that can transform into a coin tray or a writing utensil holder. The larger piece can function the same way the paperweight does, if not better.
The name for the collection was inspired by a surfer vernacular term, “swell”, which is commonly used to describe the idea conditions of catching a great wave. Swell offers a great way to organize small desk items into a modern, concrete design that’s meant to be just swell.