'La Tavola degli Elementi'. Piero Lissoni for ALPI

The beauty of wood veneers in a powerful play of finishes, volumes and related solids and voids

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'La Tavola degli Elementi'. Piero Lissoni for ALPI
07/11/2019 - Five pieces of furniture designed by Piero Lissoni especially for ALPI will be 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 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.

Piero Lissoni's fascination with the existence of a precise combinatory system of primary elements behind all shapes and matter has given life to an abstract representation of this perfect mathematical language, by which a mysterious superior organisation determines with precision the world's beauty and complexity. 'To me, this was an invitation for creativity to meld with the seduction of an extreme ratio,' says Lissoni. The result is a powerful play of finishes, volumes and related solids and voids, all taking up the diversity found in Mendeleev's periodic table.

Vittorio Alpi imagines the shapes designed by Lissoni as being a figuration of a three-dimensional explosion of the periodic table, an expression of the very same arcane and enigmatic aura evoked by the organised elements. 'Leafing through an encyclopaedia, I came across a periodic table of the elements. Resisting the urge to turn the page, I paused to take in the beauty of this construction made up of squares, colours, symbols and numbers. Names like Tellurium, Krypton and Technetium evoked cosmic mystery. The table itself remained unfathomable for a long time, yet emanated an attractive force difficult to describe,' writes Vittorio Alpi.

The collection of objects conceived by Lissoni, all veneered with ALPI wood, are named Xeno, Palladio, Idrogeno, Cripto and Zirconio. They are small pieces of architecture. These five volumes with different sizes and shapes seem to be ordered according to a compositional formula of elemental chemical modules. By means of his craft as an architect, Lissoni is able to exalt the marvellous absoluteness of the periodic table of the elements, revealing the cosmic fairy tale it inspires in him.
 
'La Tavola degli Elementi' (The Table of Elements)
Piero Lissoni for ALPI
ALPI showroom
Via Solferino 7
Milan
 
The exhibition will remain open from 31 October 2019
Monday through Friday
10:00–12:30 and 14:30–17:00

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