ming tray

ming tray

ming tray

Design Ke Zhang, 2012
18/10 stainless steel
Made by Alessi

With the "(Un)Forbidden City" operation, Alessi sought to organize the first organic exploration of the potential of Chinese product design. Under the meta project responsibility of Gary Chang, they asked eight Chinese architects to design a tray-container. The Tray, in fact, is a classic in the Alessi range of production - an item on which generations of designers have put themselves to the test. A preview of the research was presented in September 2011 at an exhibition curated by Gary Chang at the China Shijintan Contemporary Art Center in Beijing, during Beijing Design Week.

Ming, designed by Zhang Ke (Standardarchitecture), is part of the project "(Un)Forbidden City". Ming is a tray for the kitchen and for the living room, with straight lines on one side and subtle curves on the other. The design revokes values of Ming Dynasty Chinese design that coincides so much with that of contemporary times. With the straight side up it can function as an "Ink and Brush Bed" for intellectuals, a "Tea Ceremony Counter" or a "Sushi tray"; with the curvy side up it can be simply a "Fruit tray". Ming is an extremely simple at the same time sophisticated.

23.75" L | 6.75" w | 1" h

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Alessi was founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi to produce crafted metal products for eating and drinking. In 1935, Carlo Alessi, son of Giovanni, was named chief designer. In 1945, he ascended to chief executive and designed the coffee service Bombé, an industrial piece manufactured in four sizes. That same year Carlo's younger brother, Ettore Alessi, joined the company as a technician. By the 1980s, Alberto Alessi took over the management of Alessi and launched the Alessi company into the design decade through collaborations with designers such as Philippe Starck and his playful three-legged Juicy Salif citrus squeezer.
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