Clouds Root tray, designed by Wang Shu (Amateur Architecture Studio), is part of the project “(Un)Forbidden City” of Alessi. Clouds Root was inspired by the stones in the Garden of the Academics, which are considered as clouds and represent the effects of the relationship between man and woman. “Clouds Root” is a system of two Trays for the kitchen and for the living room one big and the other small, one male and the other female.

They meet by chance in one point, leaving space between them. The material is mirror polished steel and the irregular shape is visually balanced by the straight edges and the use of solid steel, with a firm, rigid border profile.

Chinese academics compare human emotions to the movement of clouds. Wang Shu, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, designed this set to represent the love between a man and a woman. “They meet by chance and approach, leaving a space between each other,” he says.


  • Dimension: Length: 54 cm. Width: 30 cm.

  • Color: Silver.
  • Material: Stainless Steel polished.
  • Designed by Shu Wang.

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