Alessi's "Tonale" table service, designed by David Chipperfield, has received an ELLE DECO International Design Award (EDIDA), which recognizes global excellence in design. Tonale table service is comprised of a number of items including a tray, a board, a carafe, plates, bowls, beakers and cups, and are produced in a variety of materials including earthenware, enameled steel, glass, and wood. The line was inspired by vernacular ceramics from Korea, Japan and China as an exercise in refining functional household objects. The name "Tonale" refers to Giorgio Morandi's use of color tonality, imbuing his daily objects with a sense of individuality. While striving for expressive purity, the range honors today's requirements for durability and versatility. The editors of the 24 international Elle Deco magazines will announce the overall global winners at the Milan Furniture Fair later this month. Categories include tabletop, wall covering, bedding, fabric, kitchen, furniture, floor covering, lighting, bath, and designer of the year.
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