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Alessandro Guerriero and Alessandro Mendini
'OLLO' TABLE AND FOUR CHAIRS, FROM THE 'ALCHIMIA-OLLO' COLLECTION
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Alessandro Guerriero and Alessandro Mendini
'OLLO' TABLE AND FOUR CHAIRS, FROM THE 'ALCHIMIA-OLLO' COLLECTION
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Alessandro Guerriero and Alessandro Mendini
'OLLO' TABLE AND FOUR CHAIRS, FROM THE 'ALCHIMIA-OLLO' COLLECTION
with applied label CEM CONSORZIO ESPOSIZIONE MOBILI CANTU
laminated plywood
table: 74.5 x 117 x 117 cm (28  3/8  x 46  1/8  x 46  1/8  in.)
chairs: each 74 x 40 x 37 cm (29  1/8  x 15  3/4  x 14  3/4  in.)
designed 1988
produced by Consorzio Esposizione Mobili, Cantù, Italy
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Catalogue Note

Studio Alchimia was founded in 1976 by the architects Alessandro and Adriana Guerriero in Milan. Amongst the first members of the studio were Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass and Andrea Branzi, its declared aim was to change and resolve traditional design dogmas through a revaluation of objects. Its purpose was to free design of the functionalism, mass production and extreme purity of forms that had become characteristic of design in the 20th century, ultimately Studio Alchimia primary aim was to  strip away designs modernist utopia. However, the studio did not break completely with the ideas of the Bauhaus. Instead, it gave old forms a new twist. Studio Alchimia expounded its philosophy through different disciplines, from film to performance, to objects and illustrations. Its proposal was eclectic and with historical references, taking inspiration from Jugendstil, Bauhaus, folklore, 50’s design and Pop Art. Members of the group combined in their projects different materials, colours and decors to create surprising and novel style concepts. Abet laminate, a material that was used mainly for kitchen and café tables in the fifties, was used by the Studio Alchimia and combined with expensive materials like root or marble such as in the presented lot that has been designed by Alessandro Guerriero and decorated with Ollo pattern by Alessandro Mendini.

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