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Tom Kovac has designed a clean-cut piece, a composition of containers for different foods. “The new design for Alessi was conceived as a series of curves with the potential to generate a complex family of receptacles. Objects of different shapes and sizes can be placed inside this sculpted form, while the gently curved hollows for holding different objects or foods form an unbroken line. The combination of the six hollows in the bowl allows you to personalise the display each time, with simple gestures designed to provide a unique, multi-sensory experience, creating an endless array of shapes, patterns, colours and positions. This “enhanced functionality” develops the aesthetic, tactile and visual relationship with the object, heightening your enjoyment of the bowl’s shape and enhancing the way you look at its contents”.
Tom Kovac, of Slovene descent, is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at rmit University in Melbourne, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture and Masters Degree. Kovac has taught, lectured and exhibited in Europe, Japan and the United States. Founded in 1992, Tom Kovac Architecture is a research, architecture and design office producing projects that combine the use of digital tools and manufacturing technologies for the conception and realisation of projects on varying scales. In 2002 Kovac participated in the 8th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice, with two projects for the United States Pavilion, World Trade Center, Past Present & Future and the Alessi City of Towers exhibition. Most recently Kovac has designed a proposal for the World Trade Centre in New York (2002), the digital environment The Light of Room for the theatre group Company in Space at the Melbourne Museum during the Melbourne Festival (2002) and the most recently completed the Urban Attitude project on Federation Square in Melbourne (2002). Current projects include the Digital Design Laboratory for the rmit University, a Virtual Learning Interactive Platform, an Alessi space to be built and exhibited in the Non Standard Architecture exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, collaboration on a line of international generic hyper sports clubs, and a series of international hotels. Since 2001 Kovac has also been Creative Design Director of Curvedigital, a joint project between rmit University and Melbourne Museum.