In shapes


Design duo Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas have delivered Baby, which comprises two items: a large citrus basket (shown) and small tealight holder.  They are made of two-colour, double-cast porcelain (brown with light blue inside, or white with red inside); their openings are carved by hand.  


California-based Elena Manferdini, a young Italian architect, has designed Blossom, a fruit holder that reflects a contemporary reinterpretation of an Arts and Crafts lattice pattern. The result of a complex production process, Blossom features interlocking flowers, clover and shamrocks. It comes in two versions: mirror-polished 18/10 stainless steel, and stainless steel coloured with white epoxy resin.


Says third-generation owner Alberto Alessi of Karim Rashid’s angular, irregularly shaped fruit holder, citrus basket and tray,” As soon as I saw them, I spontaneously called them ‘Hellraiser.'” Bringing to mind a printed circuit board, all three items are available in two versions: 18/10 stainless steel, and stainless steel coloured with grey epoxy resin.


“Today we don’t eat, we dine” is the tagline for Marcel Wanders’ Dressed tableware collection, which blends floral and baroque motifs in bas-relief. The zany Dutch designer’s first collaboration with Alessi comprises a table set in white porcelain with relief decoration; a cutlery set in 18/10 stainless steel, also with relief decoration; a glass set in crystal; plus coasters, placemats and trays.


Lluís Clotet’s Crumpled family of objects feature undulating stainless-steel surfaces full of unpredictable reflections. New pieces for 2011 are the Enriqueta salad serving bowl and the Sumpta centerpiece.   cI