The Principle of Lightness
Photo of aluminium furniture exhibition
The Principle of Lightness Photo: Jonas Marguet | Set up: Cameranesi Pompili
Photo of aluminium furniture exhibition
The Principle of Lightness Photo: Jonas Marguet | Set up: Cameranesi Pompili
Photo of aluminium table
Tense Table
Photo of aluminium bookshelf
Photo of aluminium armchair
Lofty Armchair
Photo of aluminium bench
Le Banc
Past Event

The Principle of Lightness | Celebrating 30 Years of MDF Italia

Presented by BACHLI Furniture


Thu 18 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 19 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Launch Event: Includes kids drawing activity with Bobby Clark
Mon 22 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 23 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 24 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 25 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 25 May 6:30pm - 8:30pm
'The Principle of Lightness' & Still Life Drawing with Bobby Clark
Fri 26 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 27 May 10:00am - 5:00pm


Free, no booking required


BACHLI Furniture
164 Burwood Rd, 164 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia


All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Low sensory / relaxed Seating available

BACHLI Furniture presents The Principle of Lightness created to mark MDF Italia’s 30th anniversary. The Principle of Lightness Collection—limited editions in hand polished steel or aluminium finishes—reimagines four exemplary products from its history; simultaneously freezing them in time and bringing new life to them.

Tense Table
Designed by Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga in 2009, the Tense represents the archetypal table. Characterised by the consistency of its form and finishes, it is an icon of lightness and flexibility; thanks to its internal tension, it can also be extended to a total of 4 metres in length. Part of the MDF Italia collection, the Tense family is now available in 16 finishes, 5 heights and 36 sizes. For The Principle of Lightness Collection, the Tense has been reimagined in a hand polished aluminium finish and measures 100x240cm.

Minima Bookcase
Having received the Honourable Mention at the 18th Compasso d’Oro ADI in 1998, the Minima is an aluminium bookcase system comprising three pivotal elements – shelves, frame, and cabinets – that can be freely configured. Designed by Bruno Fattorini and characterised by its minimalist and lightweight lines, the Minima is one of MDF Italia’s most iconic products. For The Principle of Lightness Collection, the Minima has been reimagined in a hand polished aluminium finish and measures 184.5×188.5cm.

Le Banc Bench
Designed by Xavier Lust in 2001, Le Banc is a bench made from curved aluminium of just 6 mm thick. Thanks to its lightweight, slender and streamlined design, Le Banc is an icon that stands out making it suitable for public spaces and private residences, both indoors and outdoors. Today, as part of the MDF Italia collection, it is available in 3 finishes and 3 lengths. For The Principle of Lightness Collection, Le Banc has been reimagined in a hand polished aluminium finish and measures 170cm in length.

Lofty Armchair
Designed by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga in 2004, the Lofty is a seating system in mirror polished stainless steel. As the perfect synthesis of technology and craftsmanship, the Lofty is the result of a laborious and lengthy process that entailed the study, design and shaping of steel into sophisticated, minimal geometrics. For The Principle of Lightness Collection, the Lofty has been reimagined as a chair in the original hand polished steel finish.

The Principle of Lightness  was honoured with the Wallpaper* Design Award 2023.



MDF Italia

Since its foundation in 1992, MDF Italia’s identity has been established on the values of simplicity, challenges, culture, lightness, rhythm, wonder, time, and identity, thus also defining the spirit of its collection.

For MDF Italia, design is about shaping matter with ideas. More than simple products, the results of this process are thought forms.

Their vocation has always been to create objects that not only become icons but will also success in defining the canon of contemporary design.

Bobby Clark

Bobby Clark is a multidisciplinary Scottish artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Through a purposeful application of colour, her work explores the intersect of art, beauty, and self expression drawing from her own personal experiences to more deeply dissect the influences of motherhood, human connection, culture and architecture.

Her minimalist geometric studies explore shape theory and through a nuanced lens her articulation of colour looks deeply at the emotional associations we find within certain shades and the residual effects their meaning can have on our personal experiences and the things we collect and admire.

Through her chosen mediums her connection to colour has been a constant focal point in the progression of her work over the past 8 years as a full time artist.

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