to celebrate the rich culture and history of sardinia, giulio iacchetti has teamed up with traditional wood craftsman, diego moretti of ebanisteria meccanica, to create the ‘boès’ mirror and coat rack. the design is inspired by one of the most famous masks of the sardinian carnival and it marks the first of a series of projects by iacchetti for ebanisteria meccanica.
images by max rommel
the shape of the boès mirror echos the shape of an ox head, which is one of the masks traditionally worn during sardinia’s carnival of ottana. in sardinian folklore the boès and the merdulès (typical figures of the carnival of ottana, a small sardinian city) symbolize the comparison between primordial instinct and reason. in the same way, the underlying concept behind the boès mirror as by mirroring ourselves, each of us masquerades as a boes, becoming an animal for a single instant. you can hang your coat on two ‘horns’ while a small rings provides the perfect place to store an umbrella or dog leash.
the design pays homage to the sardinian carnival of ottana and the mysterious animal masks that are typically worn
commenting on the partnership, giulio iacchetti says, ‘what impressed me about ebanisteria meccanica, before anything else, is its name, which I find of a truly extraordinary modernity. in the project of ebanisteria meccanica I certainly see the potential to create a bridge between past and present, recovering the small stories of sardinia and its great artisan heritage, whose essence is enclosed in small villages. sardinia expresses a great quantity of symbols, archetypes and unique materials, and certainly represents a wonderful design territory to explore together with ebanisteria meccanica.’
like a bull, the mirror comprises two horns and a small ring to hang your umbrella or dog leash
diego moretti, owner of ebanisteria meccanica
giulio iacchetti and diego moretti
project name: boès
design: giulio iacchetti
client: ebanisteria meccanica
date: october 2020
photography: max rommel
edited by: lynne myers | designboom