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Opposition Tray

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opposition tray

opposition tray

Design Lei 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.

Opposition tray, designed by Zhang Lei (AZL architects), is part of the "(Un)Forbidden City" project. Opposition is a tray made of 18/10 stainless steel, but it's also a refined play of volumes more commonly found in architecture than in an object. The central part is circular and flat, while the outer edge is raised, square and flat. The two are joined together by a sloping section that blends evenly into each, without any interruptions.

13.75" L | 13.75" w

$200.00 + free shipping
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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 Bombe, 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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