We like works that play with the graphical possibilities of clay. A little over one year ago we wrote about the illustrated ceramics of Katharine Morling, illustrations that step over into the third dimension through ceramic sculpture.
Alessandro Zambelli moved that contemporary ceramics concept over into the world of design. His “Palace” collection for Seletti paired ceramics with illustration to create a set of tableware. The 11-piece set brings an entire Renaissance palace to your table. The buildings each break down into component bowls, plates and serving dishes.
Zambelli, who we’ve featured on this website before (a few times, in fact), lives and works in Mantua, Italy. He studied industrial design and materials engineering at the Cova School of Design in Milan. He began his career as a bathroom designer at Agape in 2000. By 2003 he founded Alessandro Zambelli Design Studio. He began working with Seletti in 2006. He is a recipient of a 2011 European Consumers Choice Award and a 2012 NYIGF award. He’s worked with furniture designer Caimi Brevetti, clock manufacturer Diamantini & Domeniconi and leather goods designer Rudi Rabitti. Zambelli is a co-founder of Padiglione Italia, a collective that focuses on the work of Italian designers. He’s exhibited in Beijing, New York, Tokyo and numerous other international design fairs.
What do you think of Zambelli’s illustrated contemporary ceramics? Let us know in the comments.