Five pieces of furniture designed by Piero Lissoni especially for ALPI are shown at the exhibition "La Tavola degli Elementi" organised by ALPI and hosted at its showroom at Via Solferino 7, Milan, on display from 30 October 2019. The exhibit aims to show the beauty and versatile potential of the ALPI wood veneers as seen through the eyes of architect Lissoni.
The exhibition is the result of close collaboration and creative understanding between Vittorio Alpi and Piero Lissoni, the company's art director. The furniture takes inspiration from the periodic table of elements as conceived by Dmitri Mendeleev, whose brilliant discovery was the reciprocal relationship between all chemical elements. The design project shows two different viewpoints, both connoted by a strong attraction to what is a pillar of human knowledge.
"When I began thinking about these objects, I associated them with images of combinatory systems – alphabets, numbers and the periodic table of elements, which I first came across at school. By mixing the elements, the table shows us how matter, under the changeable appearance of its shape, is a perfect game. I was attracted to the idea of designing this game and its unpredictable, strange way of manifesting itself in proportions, sizes, volumes, solids and voids, colours and patterns. The game plan invited creativity to meld with the seduction of an extreme ratio."
Photographer - Santi Caleca