Sharing a meal around a table is a simple gesture that can help people to connect and communicate: this is the idea behind Salvatori ‘Designed for Soul’ tables by Piero Lissoni.
Inspired by Food for Soul’s guiding principles – Power of Beauty, Value of Hospitality, Quality of Ideas – the aim of this project is to highlight the role of design in celebrating tradition, technique and natural resources. Do you want to be a part of design for the greater good?
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The starting point is wonderfully simple and it reflects the idea behind the Refettorio projects: taking ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away and using them to create nutritious meals. Composed of a reclaimed marble slab and supported by a simple study frame, the ethos of transforming waste into something useful and meaningful was the inspiration behind these tables, made from offcuts of unloved (but beautiful) natural stone. In addition to using rare, heritage stone that has been discarded, rather than quarrying new material, the modular table legs are able to support a range of weights and their design means production and assembly is efficient. Designed by Piero Lissoni, they are an example of how important it is to always look at things with a different perspective.
“I fell in love with the project that Massimo Bottura started, using food that was being thrown away and cooking it for those in need, and I wanted to contribute. We had the idea to donate the tables on which this wonderful food would be eaten, and asked Piero Lissoni to come up with a design that, like Bottura, finds a use for waste material – in this case, stone. I think it’s really the time for companies to understand that we can make a positive impact on other people’s lives. This is one example of how that is possible.”
The series of tables symbolize both the sustainable efforts in recuperating wasted food and, in the straightforward modular frame, the collective effort that drives Food for Soul’s diverse and international activities.
“We all have to be courageous and open minded to see the hidden potential of everything. A bruised fruit or vegetable has a lot to say if used in the right way. And this is exactly what Salvatori and Lissoni are doing for the Design for Soul series using discarded precious material to create a unique piece of design that is also sustainable. We all have to be united and change our perspective if we are going to make change happen. Something recovered is something gained.”
Salvatori will donate 3% of each purchase of a Design for Soul table to Food for Soul. Each contribution will advance Food for Soul’s mission to build a culture of value and enable the development of healthy equitable food systems and cohesive communities.
Since 1946, Salvatori has been providing product and design expertise to some of the world’s leading names in retail, hospitality and private construction. From boutiques for Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan, to hotels including St Regis, the Intercontinental and Radisson Kempinsky, along with private villas at some of the world’s most exclusive addresses, Salvatori is renowned for delivering beautiful stone and luxurious environments. Known above all for its innovative design and techniques, the Tuscan-based company has won a host of awards including the coveted Premio di Premi presented by the Italian President for its outstanding contribution to industry, and was also recognised as the single most innovative brand in the stone sector in Italy in the 20th century.
ABOUT PIERO LISSONI
With offices in Milan and New York, Lissoni & Partners has a thirty-year history in developing international projects in the fields of architecture, landscape, interior, product and graphic design, in addition to being responsible for the art direction for some of the most influential design companies. Led by Piero Lissoni, the practice combines a range of expertise with a tailored approach that sets it apart, establishing a stylistic code and a visual identity that are clearly and instantly recognizable. The practice’s work is inspired by a sense of rigor and simplicity and is characterized by a regard to detail, coherence and elegance with particular attention to proportion and harmony. Piero Lissoni is creative director for Alpi, Boffi, Living Divani, Lema, Lualdi, Porro and Sanlorenzo for whom he also designs an extensive range of products. Recognized as one of the masters of contemporary design, he has worked with many international brands including Alessi, Antrax, Atlas Concorde, B&B, Bonacina1889, Cappellini, Cassina, Cotto, De Padova, Fantini, Flos, Glas Italia, Golran, Illy, Janus et Cie, Kartell, Kerakoll, KN Industrie, Knoll, Nerosicilia, Olivari, Salvatori, Tecno, Viccarbe.