Serving tray in 18/10 mirror polished stainless steel.
"Ming", like other trays in the “(Un)Forbidden City” collection, has a dual use. Its long, narrow shape is obtained with two faces - one perfectly flat and the other concave. The result is a geometrically simple form that brings to mind the stylistic characters of the Ming period, still popular today. The flat side of the tray is a good support for the pens and ink used in Chinese calligraphy, or for the tea ceremony, or for serving sushi. The concave part is an elegant fruit-bowl or general desk organizer.
The “(Un)Forbidden City” project was Alessi's first exploration into Chinese design: eight trays and containers conceived by eight different architects selected among the most interesting exponents of contemporary architecture in that country, leading into a new world and a new culture, as fascinating as it is distant, mysterious, and promising.