Padiglioni Table designed by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo has won the Good Design Award 2023.

A clear reference of the world of architecture, the Padiglioni table appears as a miniature version of a real-life architectural pavilion, and it is precisely the iconic Barcelona pavilion design by Mies van der Rohe from which Alain Gilles drew inspiration. If it were a genuine architectural element, the ground on which the table rests would be the floor of the pavilion, the curved legs would be the supporting structure and the top would become the roof. It is thus the giving of free rein to the imagination which has led to the creation of the Padiglioni table.

The focal point of this table is the base, which is made up of three asymmetrical elements, each with a particular shape and placed in an apparently random position in order to make the composition visually dynamic. It is precisely because of the asymmetrical character of the base that anyone who looks at it closely will notice, as they move around the table, that it changes its appearance depending on the angle from which it is observed. The base is thus a significant part of the table, and accentuated by the top whose linear form with its tapered edge contrasts with the legs and completes the overall image.

A story of skillfully achieved balance and contrasts that interact with each other, the Padiglioni table is the maximum expression both of Alain Gilles’ creative ability and Bonaldo production capability.

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