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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Trampoline bowl | Giovanni Pellone | Benza, Italy | 2002

Giovanni Pellone Trampoline bowl Giovanni Pellone
Benza, Italy, 2002

Giovanni Pellone was born in Italy and grew up in Rome. In 1985 he moved to the United States, where he earned degrees from Parsons School of Design (interior design) and Pratt Institute (industrial design). In 1993 Giovanni established his independent design practice in New York City, completing projects in product design, package design and graphic design. In 1996 Giovanni co-founded Benza. From 1996 to 2005 Benza offered a prominent outlet and a worldwide showcase for experimental American design and designers.



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benza logo

Giovanni Pellone’s work has been featured in design exhibitions and has appeared in leading design publications worldwide. He has received design awards and often lectures on design.  His projects for Benza are extensive and include:

Zago®
Hello
Squiggle
Sticky
PinUp
Goober
Flowerfish
Big Cheese
Aracnolamp
Boing
Unit
Merlin
Chip&Dip
Peacock
Trampoline
Soft Clock
Mutant
Grand Central
Atomic
Wink
Pulsar

The trampoline bowl was designed and first manufactured for Benza in 2002.  The centerpiece is 12” by 12” by 2 1/2” in height and is made of a chrome plated steel frame encircled by twelve black industrial rubber bands. The oversized bands are stretched over the frame and can be rearranged in a virtually infinite number of layouts. Included are instructions to make the four patterns shown.

Trampoline bowl 

The Trampoline bowl.  Image source:  Benza.

Trampoline bowlClose up of the leg of the Trampoline bowl.

Trampoline bowl Trampoline bowlTrampoline bowl Like a good fruit bowl should, the rubber bands can be arranged in such a way that fruit can be properly exposed to the air.  Above images source:   eBay.

References

Retrieved May 9, 2011 from Benza web site: http://www.benzadesign.com/products_tramp.html

Retrieved May 9, 2011 from Giovanni Pellone web site: http://www.giovannipellone.com/


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