Alessandro Zambelli
"A fertile mind traces the outlines of a new, more expressive design"

Mind, hands, pen, reflective gaze: there are infinite languages to describe the shape of things in new ways and recreate their stories from imagination.

Alessandro lives and works in Mantua, Italy. He studied industrial design and materials engineering at the Cova School of Design in Milan. A few years later, in 2003, he founded Alessandro Zambelli Design Studio.

To envision the future means looking back, keeping memories of past times alive.
He has won several awards, among which the European Consumers Choice Award in 2011, an NYIGF award in 2012 and the Premio Nazionale per l’Innovazione in 2015. During this period, he also forged working relations with many important firms in the product design sector.

Zambelli is also co-founder of ‘Padiglione Italia’, a designer collective which seeks to present the particularities of the Italian design scene.

Zambelli has exhibited at the Beijing Design Week, Invito a Tavola (New York), the Tokyo Tableware Festival, F.O.O.D. (Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC) and many other international design fairs. He never sees his work purely as an exercise in style but believes instead that an inner soul must enliven every object.

Ixorb for JCP (2016)

Alessandro Zambelli has conceived Woodspot, an iconic lamp design assembled and varnished entirely by hand for Mantua-based furnisher Seletti. Joined to the molded support are a base and a light diffuser, both in pine with a natural finish. It supports a light diffuser with the unexpected look of a three-dimensional frame, projected to the boundary of unreality.

Another iconic design by Zambelli is his Lume light.

Objects do smile at us sometimes. Their smiles betray their simple secret: ‘never take yourself too seriously.’ Then clarity reigns supreme.
 It is a reference to the old dirt roads illuminated by the bicycles’ lights, Zambelli project for Bosa is conceived as a good luck gift for important people in our lives. Lume consists of a small cylindrical base serving as a candle holder, topped by a sweeping parabola on which the entire design hinges.

The look is quite specific: in fact, it is a conscious tribute to the old-style bicycle lamp. The parabola protects the sliver of light and, at the same time, projects it in one direction.

At the back, Lume features an equally singular detail: inspired by the buttons on the old, gas-fired cigarette lighters, a handle allows the lantern to be moved while lit, as well as when extinguished.

Surande for JCP (2016)

The essence of things lies in their material. Hands-on craftsmanship and industrial thinking interact on a voyage of discovery,deep into the substance of beauty.
One of Alessandro Zanelli’s most iconic pieces for JCP, is the Ixorb sofa. A reflection on the concept of (im)materiality, the Ixorb sofa surpass function in search of the symbolic through subversion of physical substance.

The 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. He also designed the unique Surande hybrid object.

Also a reflection on the concept of (im)materiality, the Surande lamp/side table Surande, characterised by its peculiarity, is a hybrid combination of lamp and table. Illuminated via reflected light, a pulley system is utilized to change lighting intensity. Light is provided through the base, which reflects outwards as it passes through a glass sphere.