David Chipperfield exists Driade as artistic director

British architect David Chipperfield has left the role of artistic director at Italian furniture brand Driade after only two years and has been replaced by a creative committee.

The architect was appointed to the position in 2014 as the relaunch of the brand after the brand was saved from bankruptcy by private finance company Italian Creation Group who injected almost $7.5 million dollars into the company, according to Dezeen.

In 2012, the brand fell into $.18 million dollar debt when Italian Creation Group took 80 per cent of the firm’s equity, as a result of rescuing one of Italy’s most exciting furniture brands.

Chipperfield’s appointment came to an end in 2016 and passed on to a creative committee, according to the brand.

In a release, Driade said: “The two-year collaboration from 2014 to 2016 between David Chipperfield and Driade, first established immediately after the acquisition of the company by Italian Creation Group in 2013, saw David Chipperfield appointed as artistic director, and aimed to redefine and realign the company values that led to Driade’s unique position in the history of design.”

It added: “Driade has established a creative committee, composed of leading figures from the design world, that will guide the definition of the next stage in the development of the company in line with the strategy initiated by David Chipperfield. This has enabled artistic direction to be passed seamlessly to the new creative committee in time for the 2017 Salone del Mobile.”

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 Founded in 1968 by Enrico Astori, Driade has collaborated with well-known architects and designers including Philippe Starck, Fabio Novembre, and Ron Arad.

 

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