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Pushing at the language of architecture, Bellardi Ricci forces it to express something of nature: the ‘Riso’ table uses standard industrial-architectural materials, yet it conjures thoughts of the ocean. Shaped like the hull of a boat, the marble tabletop is dappled and swirled in marine blues and seafoam white, and is supported on a steel I-beam that is barely-there from one angle, yet perfectly solid from another. Like a hydrofoil that rises momentarily out of the water, there is a lightness of touch to this design that feels almost aerodynamic despite its weight and solidity.
“A lot of my work uses this industrial material language, but on the other hand [each piece is] very hand-made and ﬁnished, so there’s a strong individual element.”
Interview by Rosanna Robertson