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This trivet by young designer Gabriele Chiave almost looks like jewellery. It's designed to be hung on a hook in the kitchen and then grabbed and thrown on the table like dice. Once the little stars have been suitably arranged on the table, they form a base on which to support a pot, an oven dish, or a serving plate. There's a remarkable contrast between the functionality of the humble trivet and the possibilities for liberation offered by this design's innovation and playfulness.
Gabriele Chiave knows no boundaries. As a lifelong observer of the world around him, Gabriele is driven by the comprehensive nature of design and a desire to ignite meaningful interaction between product and consumer. Born to diplomat parents in Metz in 1978, he has lived in France, Dakar, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Rome, Milano and now makes his home in Amsterdam. These diverse resident experiences enable him to bring a global perspective to design like no other. Having won competitions for Emergency, Rotari, Epson, Toshiba and Pirelli, as well as spending significant time at Marc Sadler studio, and working with prestigious Italian brands such as Alessi (organization of 7 Workshops held by LPWK/Alessi), Dainese, Foscarini and Serralunga, Gabriele has mastered the subtle nuances and balance between form and function, industry and art, structure and experimentation. Currently serving as creative director at Marcel Wanders, this art aficionado and jazz lover oversees all projects in product and interior design, and art direction for a range of premium brands – passionately leading all to participate in the expression of beauty and technical simplicity in order to expand the human experience.
Born in Bergamo, Italy, Laura Polinoro graduated in Drama Art and Music Studies in Bologna. Her first job was in the field of contemporary dance as art director and costume and set designer. Later she undertook research at the Domus Academy in Milan. From 1990 to 1998 she was in charge of the Centro Studi Alessi, where she operated as meta-project designer and art director, coordinating workshops both in-house and in association with various universities and design institutes the world over. She was also involved in publishing and communications activities. Items which entered production in that period are identified with the acronym “CSA”. Since 2004 products overseen by Ms. Polinoro have been identified with the letters "LPWK"