Pangea, a table of about 80 square metres designed by Michele De Lucchi for Riva 1920 – Milan Expo 2015 –
To celebrate Expo 2015, whose theme is Feed the Planet, Energy for Life, Riva 1920 has created Pangea, a table of about 80 square metres designed by Michele De Lucchi, which is exhibited in Pav. Zero, conceived by Davide Rampello.
The project takes its inspiration and its name from Pangea, the single continental mass which is thought to have included all the land above sea-level and which in later geological eras broke up to give today’s continents.
This table is the symbol of the unity of all lands prior to this separation and is a homage to this world exhibition that for six months will host exhibitors and visitors from all over the globe.
The over 140 countries involved will all showcase the best of thos initiatives that represent their concrete response to vital needs: ensuring for all a supply of food that is healthy, adequate and guaranteed, and which is produced in a way that is ecologically sustainable for the Planet as a whole.
Michele De Lucchi’s project symbolizes the need for a return to our original condition, free of state borders, prejudice, differences between one people and another and without racial and class discrimination, unified around the universal theme of food.
This table represents a moment of dialogue, an encounter, between leading figures and activists in the international community who can compare and exchange ideas relating to the principal challenges facing mankind, to the processes governing production and to the themes of equality and fairness in the allocation of the resources our planet provides.
Central to the realization of this project is respect for the environment and the safeguarding of our arboreal heritage by using recycled timber, something which has always been a distinguishing theme of our company.
Glued planks of Kauri wood, thousands of years old, buried in swamps in its native New Zealand and used here for the top, and “Briccole”, marker posts retrieved from the lagoon of Venice used here for the 271 legs supporting the structure as a whole..
The surface of the table, composed of 19 pieces with irregular contours that all fit together like an outsize jigsaw puzzle, has been sanded in such a way as to highlight to the beautiful grain of this extraordinary wood.
To create the table we have used vinyl-based adhesives, which, since they contain no formaldehyde pose no danger either to the environment or to humans; the top is finished in natural oils.
The weight of the whole is about 6 tons and it took nearly fifty days to produce.
Riva 1920 has created an all-embracing experience, a shining example of the techniques embodied in the traditions of wood working.
Project: Michele De Lucchi
Team: Angelo Micheli (head of project), Marcello Biffi, Alessandra De Leonardis, Francesco Forcella
Expo – MILAN, May 1 to October 31, 2015