Ellipse Trays by Abi Alice for Alessi
Designed by Abi Alice for Alessi, the Ellipse trays are produced via traditional metal processing in which the sheet is cut and then bent or folded into its shape. Three ellipses of different...
Designed by Abi Alice for Alessi, the Ellipse trays are produced via traditional metal processing in which the sheet is cut and then bent or folded into its shape. Three ellipses of different sizes are produced from a sheet of stainless steel and then slightly curved to turn them into a series of versatile containers. Their simple and minimalist design makes it possible to use them in different ways and contexts: in the kitchen or dining room, in the office or the living room.
Use as a single piece or combined.
The collection includes a set of 3 tray sizes in mirror polished steel, white/yellow, blue/white, and yellow/blue. 15.75" x 6.75" x 1.75"h.
A desk set and a single 10.75" tray is also available in mirrored steel or 24 kt gold plating.
From the designer:
The “Ellipse” collection originated from a brief given by Alberto Alessi to many of the Alessi designers: to create objects that utilize the cutting and bending production processes which the Alessi workshop is renowned for. I admire Alessi's commitment to nurturing and maintaining Italian based production, which is becoming increasingly more challenging when competing with the mass-production factories abroad. Therefore I was delighted to put my energy into this project as I have always felt the Alessi workshop is one of the few remaining unique and creative hubs on the planet. My creative mind was already preoccupied with the ellipse shape due to my previous project, “Octave” (2014), and to the frequent use of the ellipse in my abstract paintings. I began to make multiple prototypes in colored card by bending, folding and rolling ellipses in different sizes until I arrived at the “Ellipse” collection. My intention was to create sculptural, pure and minimalist forms which could also function as containers, aiming to create multi-use containers that could equally be used in various settings, for example the kitchen, studio, office, living room or dining room. Both in a small studio apartment or a larger living space. In addition I wanted to incorporate rich and vibrant colors, and an element of gold, as I have always held the belief that color and form have the potential to have an uplifting effect on our psychology.