trayscape tray

trayscape tray

trayscape tray

Design Urbanus, 2012
Melamine
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.

Trayscape, designed by Urbanus, is part of the project "(Un)Forbidden City". In the kitchen or in the living room the empty "Trayscape", waiting for something that will come, looks like a table sculpture, a dark stone shaped like a lake landscape surrounded by the gentle hills that you can find in a precious, traditional Chinese garden. The full Trayscape is turned upside-down and the edges of its landscape became the support and the flat surface becomes the place where objects or food lay down to be served. The two different souls belonging to Trayscape, the expectations arising from the empty object and the functional use of the full tray are to be felt separately. The one excludes the other.

17" L | 12.25" w | 1.5" 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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