Good Vibrations by Ferruccio Laviani
for Fratelli Boffi


Good Vibrations by Ferruccio Laviani for Fratelli Boffi

This is not a distorted digital photo - it's a cabinet that's been intricately carved to look like one.

Created by Italian designer Ferruccio Laviani's for furniture brand Fratelli Boffi, the Good Vibrations storage unit was carved from oak by a CNC machine.

Good Vibrations by Ferruccio Laviani for Fratelli Boffi

Laviani's piece will be displayed at the Salone del Mobile in Milan from 9 to 14 April next month.

A similar effect can be seen in a collection of 3D-printed chairs that were distorted by data from audio recordings.

We've recently featured a cabinet with doors made from corrugated PVC and another carved to resemble choppy ocean waves – see all cabinets.

Here's some more information from the designer:

Good Vibrations by Ferruccio Laviani

In his second year working with Fratelli Boffi, Ferruccio Laviani has created yet another fanciful world from the depths of his prolific imagination. A concept that goes beyond individual products, it combines the expertise of a company that specializes in full-feature and tailor-made projects with the creativity of a designer who can strike a balance between the past and the future, blending the harmony and magniloquence of the classical with the charm and allure of the contemporary.

For the 2013 Furniture Exhibition, the renowned architect has created an entire universe divided into a home’s different spaces. Ferruccio Laviani enthusiastically focuses on the concrete design aspect of interior design, creating unique products that have a strong visual impact and a one-of-a-kind look, as well as coverings, panelling and flooring. This far-reaching vision blends and encompasses different sources of inspiration and questions the traditional tenets of design and furniture.

The fanciful blending of styles is paired with an innate sense of wittiness to produce furniture like the Good Vibrations storage unit. Selected for a preview of this new collection, the piece exemplifies this new design philosophy and the harmonious juxtaposition of the languages and cultures it is based upon.

Echoes of faraway places and Oriental elements are glimpsed in the “disorienting” design of this storage unit, which seems to have been “deformed” by a strong jolt or by swaying movements. Although it appears to depart from the aesthetics of the past, in fact it draws upon ancient knowledge in the use of carving and fine wood workmanship.

The appeal of this extraordinary piece of furniture lies in its ability to overturn and question classical stylistic principles such as purity, cleanness and symmetry, while evoking a comforting feeling of deja-vù and a sort of primitiveness, matched by unquestionable craftsmanship.

  • arch572bloomingdale

    That’s a rendering. I hope the carved version can live up to the rendering.

  • kle

    Love it! really love it!

  • There’s a glitch in the Matrix!

  • luke

    Not handmade? Boring.

    • As a CNC user and furniture designer, I can tell you that one of my pieces of furniture takes about three hours to cut on the CNC (which would take about 100 by hand) and then begins the 125 hours of finishing.

      This piece of furniture needs at least several hundred hours of finishing processes after the countless hours of computer designing and modelling. This is as handmade as it gets.

      Or, rather, if you don’t think this is handmade, then something that is cut with a scroll saw should also not be handmade. It’s not about the tools you use, it’s about how far you press them. And I doubt a CNC has been pressed much harder than this in making a piece of furniture.

      • beatrice

        As a CNC user and furniture designer, I’m astonished that you consider sanding a skill worth comparing to other hand skills. To clarify your points further, something cut using a scroll saw is partly handmade. If it was whittled by hand, then it would be handmade.

        I don’t see how 3D routing can be pushed to any limits if used in a conventional way. Seeing how tight a curve one can get out of a piece of wood is not interesting, nor skilled. Everything lies on the concept, rather than the hand. Therefore the physical manifestation of the idea can never be truly intriguing (if one has seen a CNC robot doing its work) whereas a high level of hand craftmanship can be, because the hand is using the intelligence of the auteur.

        In the British Museum, there is a peach stone carved with two men playing chess inside. You can see the individual chess pieces. This level of detail is currently impossible for a CNC machine to achieve in organic material as a revolving bit would break out the grain and destroy it.

        CNC robots have a long way to go before they become really interesting. Right now they are pretty dumb. Sanding skills also have a long way to go before I consider them more interesting than carving.

  • Now that is some craziness there. So cool.

  • Jeff

    There’s no alternate-perspective shot proving it isn’t faked, and there’s no mention of this on Laviani’s website OR on Fratelli Boffi’s website. Something’s fishy.

    PS: Laviani has a very distinctive style and this looks nothing like it.

    • smack

      I would agree with the first comment. It’s probably a rendering in this case.

      • bonsaiman

        A 3D object could be rendered from many angles as well, coundn’t it? This argument proves nothing. A 3D object can be easily distorted and made in a CNC machine. There is nothing to it. I agree, though, it is not very Laviani.

  • Hans

    It’s clearly a fake, otherwise we could see it from another perspective. And how are you supposed to open it up?

  • We’ll have to see what appears at Salone del Mobile, won’t we?

  • Dan Leno

    “This is not a distorted digital photo – it’s a cabinet that’s been intricately carved to look like one.”

    This is not an ugly product – it is an originally beautiful cabinet intentionally modified to give the impression of ugliness.

  • Frederik

    This is why people don’t take most designers seriously.

  • tim

    This would be impressive if they actually used the distortion as a medium in the design. Instead, they designed something beautiful and just f*cked it up. Or as someone else put it in much more ego-stroking terms: “it is an originally beautiful cabinet intentionally modified to give the impression of ugliness.”

  • JoshuaV

    This is more art than it is design. It was created to serve an idea and spark a discussion. It was not designed to serve a functional purpose. We don’t even get to see its function. I can’t tell how it opens, if it even can. But that’s not the point. The point is that they took the nostalgic visual aesthetic of a retro TV with a bad connection or a VCR with a well-worn tape and then applied it in the physical world to a classically recognisable cabinet.

    It has a weird surreality to it that was previously impossible before CNC technology (or at least would’ve been outrageously difficult). It’s a perversion of the technology. To quote a friend of mine, “It needed to be done, now that it is, time to move along. It is kind of neat. There are times that the idea should trump the object. Often the amount of conversation an object generates (beyond like/dislike) is analogous to it’s success.”

  • hans

    This design served its purpose so well, which is to get people to talk about the designer and the company, and to make them come to see the real thing (and the rest of their products) in Milan. It is, as always, a question of what an object is made for and this is a brilliant example.

  • ann

    Yes! Thank you God! This is a masterpiece!

  • beatrice

    A masterpiece?

  • filliquist

    It is nice that this can be done. Rendered, real or ruse, I believe that the design community is at the apex of its ability to make any shape it chooses. A working piece of this ilk would consummate that.

    Beyond the expression of ability, I find it odd that no one has questioned how to use the damn thing! So, how do you use it? For cooling pies? Where does the big screen TV go? Or as my father might ask, firewood?

  • MyMiniLab

    Wow. Is this the so-called digital fabrication revolution? So boring; so pointless.

  • richard long

    Clearly a great artist. A great craftsman? Meh.

  • quongon

    This is basically what Robert Lazzarini has been doing for years, mostly without the use of CNC, I believe.

  • Senor T

    I absolutely love this (if it really exists). Taking virtual manifestations and making them real, blurring the separation. This would make a beautiful real-life object.

  • M J

    It’s actually a render. I read that somewhere!

  • tbop

    The real name of this method is called Slit-scan photography btw.