The core of the research was LAGO Community Table format, which is not just the design object.
LAGO developed a layered system from production to retail, a kind of philosophy. Here their manifesto.
The Community Table, which is also an item of their Air products’ line, is a good example.
Transcending the concreteness of its wildwood version, it envisions a relational idea of design.
A table which is an activator of connections, a hub of diverse experiences.
At the end of this research I filmed and edited a video in stop motion.
The main idea was to create an “analog software” displaying the space of possibilities around this table.
I chose stop motion because it was consistent with what this table seems to convey:
a sense of patient artisan care and immediate appeal to the senses, with a touch of irony.
It was screened at Appartamento LAGO in Brera, Milan, during the Design Week where
they were presenting their brand new Talking Furniture; and during the opening days
of the exhibit “Time table, A tavola nei secoli”, at Palazzo Madama, Turin.
During the research we conceived also a series of events at Herion, a former church in Giudecca Island, Venice.
In one of them we invited the city to realize a big table cloth for the Community Table in a coupe of hours.
People were asked to bring a piece of textile they were fond of, telling the story of it in front of a cup of tea.
It was a little moment of public art, where the importance was not finalized to the final product, but in its relational quality.
The project got a special mention and was displayed at the exhibition “The Tablecloth – Identity of a table”
at Quadreria Bovara Reina in Malgrate, Lecco, held by Soroptimist.