Iceberg Dining Table, Polished Base
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Born from one man's passion for glass in 1973, Fiam became Vittorio Livi's dream come true and introduction into the fine work of furniture designing. From a young age, Livi appreciated the fine and complex qualities that came with using glass as a medium; solid and fragile, natural and artificial, ancient and industrial, glass was quite the mélange of seeming contradictions. With its vast potential, Livi's creative mind took his passion for such unique material and used it to drive Fiam's designs to develop and produce pieces through a mix of high quality craftsmanship and industrial processes.
Fiam sees a designer's willingness to take risks with shapes as a welcoming challenge to the technical expertise of the craftsman. Similarly to the designers, Fiam's craftsmen are considered important as each product is precisely crafted and finished at the hands of skilled individuals who are capable of predicting, quantifying, controlling, and finding the best alternatives to ever case. However, the aide of research and innovative technology is not without mention. With the assistance of state of the art machinery, glass can be further perfected and adjusted under the prowess of the master craftsman in order to make the vision of the designers come true and produce the fine products you see today.
Cristiana Giopato was born in Treviso, Italy in 1978. She moved to Milan to continue her studies at the Politecnico di Milano, graduating in 2002. During her studies, she worked for Studio Hasuike and she has collaborated with famed designer Patrizia Urquiola since 2003. A selection of Giaopato's works include: Hula-Hoop, vase/wine cooler (2004), produced by Industreal, exhibited at 'In Dust We Trust' during the Salone Del Mobile 2004, at the Triennale di Milano for the exhibition 'Sensi Divini', at 100%design (London) and Tokyo Design Week 2004; Sparky, lamp (2000), 1° Prize at the competition Young&Design '00; and Cactus-lo' (1999), clothes hanger/room divider, which received a special mention at Young&Design '99.
Christopher Coombes was born in Bristol, England in 1979. In 2001, he graduated with an Industrial Design degree from Brunel University, London. That same year, he moved to Milan and began collaborating with George Sowden and moving on to work with Sebastian Bergne, all they while developing his own projects, including: Servagon, serving tray (2005), produced by Industreal. Throne (2004), ceramic eggcup, exhibited at 'foodesign' by Guzzini held at the Triennale during the Salone Del Mobile 2004.
Giopato and Coombes have developed various projects together over the years in their studio in Milan, using methods formed from a collaboration of their individual professional experiences.View other products by Cristina Giopato & Christopher Coombes