LOAVES&FISHES by Alessandro Zambelli

Alessandro ZambelliLOAVES&FISHES by Alessandro Zambelli

LOAVES&FISHES, an imaginative essay by Alessandro Zambelli

Alessandro Zambelli lives and works in Mantua, Italy. He studied industrial design and materials engineering at the Cova School of Design in Milan, and his career took off at bathroom designer Agape in 2000. A few years later, in 2003, he founded Alessandro Zambelli design studio

Alessandro ZambelliLOAVES&FISHES by Alessandro Zambelli

In 2006 he worked on the Estetico Quotidiano project, starting his co-operation with the design house of Seletti. Zambelli’s Palace Collection and School Joke Chair won a European Consumers Choice award (2011) and an NYIGF award (2012). During this period, he forged working relations with many other firms in the sector: Caimi Brevetti, Diamantini & Domeniconi, .exnovo, Rudi Rabitti, Skitsch and Swarovski. Zambelli is a co-founder of Padiglione Italia, a designers’ collective which seeks to show the specifics of the Italian design scene. Zambelli has exhibited at the Beijing Design Week, Invito a Tavola (New York), the Tokyo Tableware Festivall, F.O.O.D. (Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC) and other international design fairs.

Alessandro ZambelliLOAVES&FISHES by Alessandro Zambelli

A miracle has a logic of its own. Elusive and mysterious, it is hard to pin down in words, let alone to capture in one or more images. But to express it as an object, in the physicality of daily life is, perhaps, near-impossibile. That is what Alessandro Zambelli attempts. He focuses on one of the best-known miracles of Christian tradition; the only one recounted in all the four gospels. The result is the chair LOAVES&FISHES (St. Philip).

Alessandro ZambelliLOAVES&FISHES by Alessandro Zambelli

This mosaic of rectangular panels embodies the symbols of the miraculous event and, at the same time, reveals its essence. The blue of the sea and the gold of the corn stand for the multiplied loaves and fishes and also recur with St. Philip. The number 5, so significant in the gospel accounts, is traditionally this saint’s ranking among the apostles. However, the chair itself seems almost ‘lifted’ from the cupola of the Pantheon in Rome. In fact this may be one way of looking at LOAVES&FISHES: as an everyday ‘Pantheon’ on a smaller, more domesticated scale, like a reassuring piece of votive architecture at home. LOAVES&FISHES is at MAC Contemporary Art Museum in Lissone from 19 October to 1 December, as part of the exhibition “(1:13) – The Thirteen Chairs Leonardo Never Painted in the Last Supper.” 13 designers imagine and interpret the 13 chairs of the apostles ‘hidden’ in the great work of art.

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