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The bottle rack “Barkcellar” is the result of a collection designed by Michael Boucquillon and Donia Maaoui inspiered by the trees that surround their house in Lucca. Produced at the factory in Crusinallo, Omegna, the bottle rack in the “Bark” range demonstrates, like the other objects in this collection, Alessi’s skill in processing steel. Through subsequent processing stages, the metal sheet is cut, laser perforated, bent and lastly welded, so as to obtain the organic and sinuous shape drawn by the designers. This manufacturing expertise makes it possible to use steel to create an object onto which an organic and natural memory has been impressed. This is an object with an expressive design, an item of interior furnishing capable of enhancing the value of its setting wherever it is used.
Born in Belgium in 1962. In 1988 he won the competition of the CHAMBER OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT in Brussels which signed the beginning of his Architectural and Design career. In ‘2000, he opened a new workshop dedicated to Industrial Design and experimental Architecture in Lucca - Tuscany in his "CASA BOUCQUILLON", extremely experimental place of exploration, meditation, live and work. Michel actually works for the world most famous International Design companies: Alessi, Artemide, Antoniolupi, Serralunga, Martinelliluce. His work is present in several Museums and got many of the main international Awards, recently: Menzione d’Onore Compasso d’Oro 2011, Good Design Award 2008, Design Plus 2006. Donia Maaoui, Michel’s wife and an architect herself, works alongside her husband on some of the Alessi and Martinelliluce projects, although her principal occupation is cast bronze sculpture and painting.