alessandro zambelli explores (im)materiality in two objects for JCP
alessandro zambelli explores (im)materiality in two objects for JCP
may 27, 2016

alessandro zambelli explores (im)materiality in two objects for JCP

alessandro zambelli explores (im)materiality in two objects for JCP
all images courtesy of alessandro zambelli




furniture brand JCP, founded by architect livio ballabio, continues their unique fusion of art an design with two objects — previewed during MDW 2016 — by alessandro zambelli. a reflection on the concept of (im)materiality, the ‘ixorb’ sofa and ‘surande’ lamp/side table surpass function in search of the symbolic through subversion of physical substance.

‘ixorb’, an illusionist object and two-seat sofa




‘ixorb’ is a surreal two-seater sofa contained within an illusionary metal framework. as one looks upon it, the eyes attempt to make sense of its paradoxical construction. ‘surande’, similar only in peculiarity, is a hybrid combination of lamp and table. illuminated via reflected light, a pulley system is utilized to change lighting intensity.

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intersection of cushion and metal framework




to zambelli, the project for JCP was, ‘a journey to the edges of the discipline of design, a journey without rules or limits.’ challenged and empowered by unrestricted development, ‘ixorb’ and ‘surande’ are the exciting results of the italian designer’s striving for an original, unencumbered visual language. 

alessandro zambelli (im)materiality JCP
‘ixorb’ by alessandro zambelli for JCP 

alessandro zambelli explores (im)materiality in two objects for JCP
‘surande’ hybrid object

alessandro zambelli explores (im)materiality in two objects for JCP
light is provided through the base, which reflects outwards as it passes through a glass sphere

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‘surande’ and ‘ixorb’ were presented officially during milan design week 2016

lamp and table

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‘surande’ detail



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