Imaginative tables!

Farewell to rigor and coordinated single colors. Recently, we have become accustomed to the color and material exploits of the home, to daring combinations, references to art and other spheres, in a multilingual, multicultural dialogue. When it comes to home decoration, one need only consider, for example, wallpaper and coatings, which increasingly evoke paintings and wall frescoes, completely surpassing their primary function as coverings. The ancient, refined art de la table has quietly and discreetly entered this scenario and has been positively infected with its eclecticism.

It is therefore no surprise to see reds, yellows, blacks and whites coloring clowns and geometric patterns on the Alessi table. Marcel Wanders has evoked all the magic of a circus show for the Alessi Circus collection: the bright lights of the show, the intense colors of the costumes and the merriment of a carousel are some of the representations that Marcel Wanders presents in twenty-nine products for the Alessi catalogue and five pieces in a limited series, each representing a circus character, for the Officina Alessi brand.

The inspiring force behind the company also designed the Estetico Quotidiano collection for Seletti, which this year is celebrating its anniversary with three new products in the line.

«When we decided to become producers, rather than just importers, we focused on forms that people already know – explains Stefano Seletti, the brand’s art director – We reinterpreted everyday objects using different materials». The classic designs of tableware and household objects made from plastic and tin are reinterpreted in porcelain (water bottles, glasses and borosilicate glass wine glasses), giving them a new identity.

Even the most classic home decoration brands are imbued with color. Venini’s new Spring-Summer 2017 products feature original color tones: mint green and straw-colored pastel shades lend surprising brightness to glass creations.

And the prestigious Richard Ginori table is also restyled for the Aurea collection, whose decorations are a fine porcelain reinterpretation of Giò Ponti’s design, featuring his way of artistically interpreting perspectives and alternating geometry with the power of color.