Designed by Yan Song Ma, 2012.
The Floating Earth Tray is a metaphor for the earth. The earth cannot be seen as a single volume; we only see its surface, which gives life to everything. It's a sort of tree that alters its appearance; the smooth, rotating levels are designed with changeable geometries to give a feeling of exceeding the space, and on which the items are reflected and come alive. Its height and sculptural shape suggest that it can be used not only as a tray but also as a cake stand or table centerpiece. A part of the "(Un)Forbidden City" project. Available in 18/10 stainless steel with wood.
Material(s): 18/10 stainless steel, wood
Dimensions: 15.5" W X 15" D X 8.75" H
Designer: Yan Song Ma
Beijing born architect Yan Song Ma has been recognized as a important voice of a new generation of architects. His works are widely published and exhibited since the founding of his company MAD in 2004. He studied at Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, holds a master degree in Architecture from Yale University and taught Architecture at the Central Academy of Fine arts in Beijing. Prior to founding MAD, Yansong Ma worked as a project designer with Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Yansong Ma received the American Institute of Architects Scholarship for Advanced Architecture Research in 2001 and won the 2006 Architecture League Young Architects Award.
In 2008, Ma was selected as one of the twenty most influential young architects today by ICON magazine while Fast Company named him one of the ten most creative people in architecture in 2009. In 2010, he became the first architect from China to receive a RIBA fellowship. In her RIBA fellowship jury report RIBA President Ruth Reed declared: "Ma Yansong is a young Chinese architect who has come to architectural maturity at a time when his country is beginning to allow the freedom of expression so vital to the artist and sufficient freedom to the economy to allow his ideas to be realized as buildings. His work expresses the tension between the individual imagination and the needs of society as a whole."View other products by Yan Song Ma
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.
"A true work of design must be able to move people, to convey feelings, to trigger memories, to surprise, to go against the grain. From this point of view, design intended to conjure up images in people's minds, which makes them a bit happier, still has tremendous potential." — Alberto AlessiView other products from Alessi