October 20, 2014

Vime™ large table centerpiece basket by Alessi

Alessi's new Vime is an attractive essential kitchen fruit bowl that will make a stylish addition to your kitchen or living space. Stylish and presentable, Vime features an attractive rattan design that always looks in style. Anything placed in this bowl will look good - it's almost a piece of art. Nicely gift boxed. The size of the Alessi Vime fruit bowl is 20.5 inches in diameter.  “Vime”, designed by the Campana brothers, is a centrepiece in rattan whose name indicates the finest quality of this fibre. A single structure of woven fibres forms a base that rises up in the centre in a sort of stem. At the top of this stem is a hole into which a fresh or dried branch can be inserted, adding a personal touch to the finished effect. Each piece is entirely hand-made with great skill and care. The natural materials and hand manufacturing mean that each piece is unique and different.

 Alessi Vime from Stardust

Humberto Campana, lawyer and Fernando Campana, architect, have been working together in San Paolo since 1983 in the field of artistic design. They came into the limelight in 1989 with the furniture exhibition provocatively entitled "Gli inconfortabili" (The Inconsolable), a political manifesto rather than functional objects. Their radical point of view is strengthened by the use of poor materials and industrial rubbish. Hand-made products represent the possibility of social redemption in a poor country.

 Alessi Vime from Stardust

Their intention is, however, to find a way for Brazilian design, avoiding European colonisation. In Italy, they participated in the "Viaggio in Italia" exhibition at Abitare il Tempo in Verona in 1994 and in 1995 at the exhibition organised at the Brazilian Consulate in Milan "Il Brasile fa anche design". In 1997 they designed lights for O Luce. Some of their pieces appear in the International Design Year Book of 1997, edited by Philippe Starck. In 1998 the Moma in New York dedicated the "Progetto 66" exhibition to them, coupled with Ingo Maurer.