Salt and pepper set in thermoplastic resin. Hand decorated.
Banana Bros Salt and Pepper Set
Two little monkeys on a banana-shaped canoe transport salt and pepper to the table. Each piece is made by assembling two parts, as well as the cap for the filling hole underneath each monkey. The flat base enables each piece to be placed temporarily on any surface. The holes on the salt-cellar monkey’s head are larger than those on the pepper-cellar.
The banana bros salt and pepper set is part of a new for 2008 family of products cleverly called OrienTales. OrienTales is a result of an ongoing collaboration with the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, which begain in 2007 with the "Chin Family". It was coming into close contact with the extraordinary collection of art works at the National Palace Museum that set Stefano's imagination racing, inspiring him to explore the millennial tradition of Chinese applied arts and develop his own contemporary interpretation of them. This interpretation is in keeping with the playful style of which the designer is an acknowledged master, a characteristic that in the designs presented today, takes a very new form.
It is important to remember that the objects presented here, just like the ones in the "Chin Family", characters or flowers and fruits, each performing the roles of domestic household objects, are made partly in hand-decorated plastic and partly in fine bone china, also hand-decorated. The magic of Giovannoni's design lies in the fact that these objects recall the grace of 18th century ceramic trinkets, while at the same time being utterly contemporary!
On the occasion of this new collection, the book "OrienTales", conceived and designed by Stefano himself, is currently being prepared for release. The book describes the design process behind the origin of these small household objects, with a number of texts and many lovely illustrations. If interested in preordering the book, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org