Designed by Gary Chang, 2012.
"A Lotus Leaf" reveals designer Gary Chang's intention to use the shapes of nature, keeping the "design" aspect to a minimum. The lotus leaf, taken from an ancient Summer Palace and then left to dry out for six months, was run through a three-dimensional scanner and then slightly modified to obtain firmer geometric supports. It was then transformed into a mold to produce the steel "copy" that is the tray itself.
The tray can be used on both sides, offering two different ways of holding and serving. The complex ribbing of the lotus leaf enhances the textured quality and reflections of the mirror polished 18/10 stainless steel, with a processing that fully matches the high standards of Alessi production. A part of the "(Un)Forbidden City" project.
Material(s): 18/10 stainless steel
Dimensions: 17.75" W X 16.25" D X 2.5" H
Designer: Yung Ho Chang
Originally from Beijing and educated both in China and in the U.S., Chang received Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He has been practicing in China since 1992 and established Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) in 1993. He has won a number of prizes, such as First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1987, a Progressive Architecture Citation Award in 1996, the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, and the Academy Award in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. He has published eight books and monographs and has participated in many international exhibitions of art and architecture, including five times in the Venice Biennale since 2000. He has taught at various architecture schools in the U.S. and China; he was a Professor and Founding Head of Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University from 1999 to 2005; he held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard in 2002 and the Eliel Saarinen Chair at Michigan in 2004.View other products by Yung Ho Chang
Alessi is a family owned Italian design company, founded in 1921. Giovanni Alessi, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. He was later joined by his son Carlo who was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s and early 1940s. In the mid 1940s Alessi began to work with outside designers. The current Alessi catalog is the result of a collaboration with over 500 designers from all over the world.
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