The Pedrali Wood Division is celebrating 10 years of operation with the reorganisation and expansion of its production unit in Manzano. Here, assisted by the latest technical machinery, a team of skilled craftsmen create beautiful furnishing products from the very finest woods.
Inaugurated in 2006, the Wood Division has seen the creation of numerous collections. They include Frida, the oak chair designed by Odo Fioravanti, which was awarded the XXII ADI Compasso d'Oro prize in 2011 for its simple sculptural elegance.
In 2012, the decision to move production to an area of 19,000m² in the heart of the Chair District in Manzano marked a new chapter in the life of the Division.
The production model is the same as the one successfully used in Mornico al Serio (BG), where we manufacture furniture collections using plastic, metal and upholstered materials.
The industrial process is based on the idea of doing most of the work internally, to ensure maximum quality and control over every phase: from design to production.
In 2013, the production unit in Manzano obtained FSC™C114358 Chain of Custody certification, which guarantees the origin of the raw material from forests that are correctly and responsibly managed, in line with strict environmental, social and economic standards.
In recent months, we have installed a robotic painting system, which uses water-based paint products. In addition to ensuring excellent performance from the point of view of chemical and physical resistance, they limit emissions of volatile organic substances, greatly reducing the environmental impact.
There are also numerically controlled machines for milling and contouring and some hollow-core board presses for bonding.
"The tradition of artisan woodworking in the Friuli area, coupled with our extensive experience in the use of different materials, has allowed us to create a collection of furniture that responds to the demands for versatility and customisation in the contract sector - explained Giuseppe Pedrali, CEO of Pedrali Spa - A successful pathway reflected in our record turnover on 71 million Euros in 2015. This encouraging sign confirms the real value of Italian production in terms of craftsmanship, technological innovation and creativity ".
The result is a collection of chairs, tables and furnishing accessories developed with the idea of using the very finest woods such as oak, ash and walnut. It involves focusing on multilayer and hollow-core boards rather than solid wood, developing high-grade interlocking and bonding solutions and combining plastics and metals.
In line with this project, the Nemea chair, designed by the Cazzaniga-Mandelli-Pagliarulo trio, combines a die-cast aluminium frame to provide structural strength with a plywood seat and legs in solid ash.
On the other hand, the collection of Babila chairs, designed by Odo Fioravanti, includes both an all-wood version and a version with a polymer or upholstered body, all compatible with a metal frame. The wooden stool has a footrest in die-cast aluminium.