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The glacial lake of Liconi acted as the muse for this Centrepiece for the table, designed by Pierfrancesco Cravel. In addition to its intrinsic scenographic qualities, selecting a lake as the inspirational model also responds to functional considerations: the surface of the water acts as the table top, the surrounding landscape forms the enclosing perimeter. The design of the surface was obtained by elaborating a high definition, stereoscopic satellite image. The highly-skilled craftsmanship necessary to reproduce a subject with these characteristics in metal was possible only thanks to the expertise Alessi has acquired through years of experience realising complex surfaces in steel. Its descriptive, evocative form transforms Liconi into an object to put on display, in addition to its nominal function as a Centrepiece.
Pierfrancesco Cravel graduated from the Politecnico di Milano where he attended the courses of Arturo dell’Acqua, Corrado Levi and Andrea Branzi with whom he designed some furniture for the house of Lawrence Steele, Grand Vases and Genetic Tales. In 1998, he became Art Director for the Trussardi Group working with Nicola Trussardi and photographers that included Satoshi Saikusa, Steven Klein and Armin Linke. He designed the Python perfume bottle and the Trussardi Home Collection. At his own company, PFC architects, founded in 2000, he has designed and created many commercial and residential building notably The Pirelli Skyscraper in Milan (1996), Villamoda (2001) and the public space around the Dubai International Financial Centre (2007). In 2012 he started to design for Alessi (Liconi 2012), Driade (Andrea and Lawrence) and Petite Hache (Dessins écologiques pour Pascale Mussard). He has lectured in Architecture and Industrial Design at the Politecnico di MiLano since 1999 and as a “Visiting Professor” at the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan in 2010 and at the IED (L’Istituto Europeo di design) in 2012. He has written articles and reviews for Vogue Italia and more recently for Domus online.