The collection
Vase. The two ends of a sheet of steel have been brought together on one side, leaving a rounded opening on the other.

Vase, E-Li-Li

Designed by
Doriana O. Mandrelli (born 1957), Massimiliano Fuksas (born 1944)
Stainless steel
Produced by
Alessi, Crusinallo, Italy
30 x 24.5 x 9 cm

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, gift in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ 150th anniversary, 2011.102

The husband-and-wife team of Italian architects Fuksas and Mandrelli have engaged in a wide variety of projects throughout the world, from museums and airports to striking interiors and product design, since their partnership began in 1985. Their work is characterized by a minimal and elegant simplicity, as seen in this vase—a persistent characteristic of modern design throughout its history.

The form of this vase is based on the folding of a piece of paper, joined at the sides and given a bottom to form a container. In its gleaming surfaces and sharp silhouette, the vase appears monumental. This vase was also available in a black ceramic version and is sold to the present day.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Denis Farley.