ZANABONI AT THE ROYAL PALACE IN MILAN (“PALAZZO REALE”) “CONVIVIANDO - THE ART OF THE MISE EN PLACE BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE”

Palazzo Reale (the Royal Palace in Milan) hosted from January 25th to February 15th, 2018 the exhibition “CONVIVIANDO (banqueting) - The art of setting up the dining table between past and future” (original title: “CONVIVIANDO - L’arte della tavola tra passato e futuro”), promoted and produced by Comune di Milano| Cultura, Palazzo Reale, HOMl, Salone degli Stili di Vita di Fiera Milano (Milan Lifestyle Fair of Milan) and curated by Cinzia Felicetti, director in charge of Marie Claire Maison Italy.

Zanaboni was selected to furnish one of the 10 rooms of the exhibition with its masterpiece T/5000-275 dining table and the iconic chair S/4200.

Set in the marvelous rooms of the Prince’s apartment, the exhibition offered a spectacular story about the history of the art of setting up the dining table. Whether revolutionary or linked to the rituals of power, basic or lavish, the mise en place of great occasions is the inspirational theme of this exhibition, explored over three centuries and a series of films that have marked our imagination.

The exhibition was organized in 10 rooms where were presented 10 different mise en place. The concept of each room was inspired by one of the selected cult films and features a table set with iconic objects, reinterpreted according to current tastes and stylistic figures.

From the baroque triumphs of Vatel to the glacial atmosphere of Ex Machina, passing through the delicious Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, the couture black and white by Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, the Regency label (signed Jane Austen) by Emma; without forgetting the absolute candor of Death in Venice and the splendor of Il Gattopardo, masterpieces by the famous director Luchino Visconti, movie that was proudly represented by Zanaboni’s items. Art Decò palpitated in the scenography of The Great Gatsby; Sixties-inspired orientalism becomes pure glamor in A Single Man; until the myth of the chef's figure, fully expressed in I am love.

Zanaboni was selected to represent the values of the Romantic era in room number 6, “1860-1910: ROMANTIC, inspired to the movie Gattopardo (1963)”, where the arrangement of objects on the dining table becomes a sensual declaration of aesthetic sensibility: the pastel shade of the walls (tribute to the paintings of Jean-Honoré Fragonard and François Boucher) and finely worked porcelain are enhanced by the soft tones of the Zanaboni’s dining table T/5000-275 in contrast with the elegant fabrics of the S/4200 chairs.

The remarkable effect obtained with the fine and elegant tableware is intensified by the wooden hand carved base of the Zanaboni’s T/5000-275 dining table, in decapè finish and decorated by hand in pastel colors, frames the beautiful inlay of the top, completely made out of wisely inlaid marbles and semiprecious stones. The overall effect of the table set up is enhanced by six S/4200 that surround it. The elegant chair by Zanaboni presents some specific features that embody the values of the artisanal workmanship signed Zanaboni, such as the hand-carved details on the solid wood frame, decorated with gold leaf, or the masterly made pleated fabric (plisse technique) that frame the damask fabric of the backrest.


The exhibition was organized on occasion of the trade show HOMI (26-29 January 2018), where Zanaboni was exhibitor with the new contemporary collection, and it was open to public until February 15th, 2018.

The exhibition Conviviando was solely focused on dining rooms, but if it was supposed to be presented a living room at the exhibition, the Monet sofa would have been placed to complete the dining room proposal, perfectly matching in the style and colour the chairs and wall of the room.

The exhibition Conviviando was solely focused on dining rooms, but if it was supposed to be presented a living room at the exhibition, the Monet sofa would have been placed to complete the dining room proposal, perfectly matching in the style and colour the chairs and wall of the room.