An impressive display of tables furnished by artists, designers, stylists at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan The “scenography of the table” has always been considered an art and this is proved also by the fact that over the centuries very great artists called to work in the most important European courts studied real performances linked to the rite of “eating”, for demonstrating the greatness of the family name: among them Leonardo, for Gian Galeazzo Sforza’s wedding, Gianlorenzo Bernini and Andrea del Sarto. In a treatise dated 1825 the magistrate and gastronomist Brillat-Savarin wrote: “To invite a person is to take care of his or her happiness all the time he or she spends under our roof”: apart from food also the laying of the table is a way of getting on the same wavelength as the guest, through the arrangement of the items a series of perceptive stimuli are transmitted, creating cheerful, fanciful, coloured or not situations, abiding by the basic rules of our good manners or changing them radically on purpose. The medieval tables covered with flowers with unusually looking food or those of the Eighteenth century with precious silver wares are not so far from our way of thinking, after all: the rituality of the table is subject of investigations like that proposed by Spazio Rossana Orlandi, where 23 authors coming from the design, art and fashion domain challenged one another in an exhibition about the above-mentioned theme with as many sumptuously laid tables. The richness and variety of the styles were considerable: each table was a universe apart in which stood out the author’s temper and his or her personal idea for “behaving at table” through the accurate choice of the objects, sometimes only fittings to draw attention to the foods, other times protagonists, in a game of role exchanges between the plate and its contents.
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