Italian industrial designer Alessandro Zambelli has introduced a group of subtly anthropomorphic, robotic forms – collectively titled ‘Macrocosmos’ – to his product library. While the series is heavily indebted to the aesthetics of low-tech vintage sci-fi (think Button Moon or Mystery Science Theatre 3000), Zambelli himself says that they ‘internalise the geometric perfection of a magnifying glass over the animal micro-universe, mixed with the vivid, energising hues of plant life’. That rather impenetrable concept is manifested in adorable household vases and vessels as otherworldly as they are warmly familiar, all drawing on the historical toy making industry of the village where Zambelli lives.
Writer: Tom Howells
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