The Tonale Breakfast Set 16 Pieces was created by Sir David Chipperfield for the Italian label Alessi.
The mission of Alessi, founded in 1921, is to bring art and industry together, and the brand achieves this by using a blend of traditional skills and materials with contemporary design and technologies. British-born Sir David Chipperfield studied art and architecture before establishing his own practice in 1984. Among his numerous prestigious awards are the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal and the Stirling Prize. With his Tonale Breakfast Set 16 Pieces Chipperfield has taken inspiration from both the light and shade work of artist Giorgio Morandi and the traditional ceramics of Japan, China and Korea. The play of light and shade on the porcelain gives a tonal quality to the set, hence the name Tonale. He has created individual pieces that work together as a whole. The set's simple lines and colouring make for a perfect start to the day, and they appeal to the senses without over stimulating. The breakfast set comprises four of each item: plates, bowls, beakers and saucers. The Tonale Breakfast Set 16 Pieces is a perfect combination of inspiration from the past with today's need for durability and versatility.