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ALFRESCO, a New Collection for Dining in the Open Air and Embracing the ‘Extraordinary’

KINTO is launching “ALFRESCO”, a new collection that makes dining in the open air a casual, yet special experience. It will become available in January 2017 in Japan. Please check with your local contact for the availability of the products in your country.

See the clouds, feel the breeze, “extraordinary" moments are just a step outside... Made of material that combines bamboo fiber and plastic, ALFRESCO has a down to earth yet elegant look perfect for carefree gatherings and complimenting dishes beautifully. The matt texture is soft to touch and the colors integrate naturally into the landscape. They are also durable and can be stacked and carried around easily. Where would you go with ALFRESCO? 20161216162437.jpg

PRODUCT CONCEPT

Embrace the ‘Extraordinary’ right out there.

Under the evening sky, everyone grows closer sharing good meal, wine, and conversation.
Surrounded by nature on the open lawn, memories are rediscovered in a gathering of old friends.
In the crisp morning air on the mountain, a cup of freshly brewed coffee eases the mind and body.

"Extraordinary" moments are just a step outside. ALFRESCO is a tableware collection that makes dining in the open air a casual, yet special experience.

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DESIGNER COMMENT

“How does something possess a sense of the outdoors and also have elegance?” In designing ALFRESCO I started with this question. I remembered having barbecues in the backyard and birthday parties with kids when I lived in the UK, and imagined the tableware that would be comfortable to use and look beautiful in those scenes.

What is appealing about outdoor products is that while they are functional, they have somewhat of a blunt expression. So with ALFRESCO, I sought functionality and was conscious not to overdecorate. The outline of the pieces have standing edges and are designed to be easy to grip and hold. They are also made for stacking so they can be carried around and compactly stored. The spoon and fork also stack together, and I hope people like the fit and feel of the stacked pieces.

In contrast to the solid and rough look of the outside, the inside where food will be placed is made soft and smooth. This transition of hard and soft with the outside and inside is possible because of the characteristic of the plastic material. The shape of the plates and bowls are designed so that food is easy to scoop and easy to wash after eating.

The material combining bamboo fiber and melamine plastic gives nice texture and is a fine touch that makes this design “just right”. If a different material was used, I think there wouldn't have been the same appeal. I especially like the items in black color which reminds you of stone slates. I hope people enjoy casual outdoor dining in various scenes with ALFRESCO.

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- Shin Azumi -
Established ‘a studio’ in 2005. Work- ing with a variety of clients on consumer products and electronics, his works have gained worldwide recognition. Awards include several Good Design Awards, Classic Innovation Award, and Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Currently a professor at Hosei University Faculty of Engineering and Design.

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LOOKBOOK on special website

Check out LOOKBOOK for inspirations to enjoy "extraordinary" moments with ALFRESCO. There are three themes – ON THE TERRACE, IN THE PARK and ON THE MOUNTAIN.
www.kinto.co.jp/alfresco/

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PRODUCT INFORMATION

ALFRESCO is a tableware collection that makes dining in the open air a casual, yet special experience. Made of material that combines bamboo fiber and plastic, the pieces have a down to earth yet elegant look perfect for carefree gatherings and complimenting dishes beautifully. The matt texture is soft to touch and the colors integrate naturally into the landscape. They are also durable, stackable and easy to carry.

ALFRESCO tumbler
φ90 x H100 mm / 360 ml
ALFRESCO mug
φ90 x H85 x W115 mm / 300 ml
ALFRESCO bowl
φ150 x H50 mm
ALFRESCO plate 190mm
φ190 x H15 mm
ALFRESCO plate 250mm
φ250 x H20 mm
ALFRESCO spoon
L170 x W40 mm
ALFRESCO fork
L170 x W25 mm

beige / red / brown
Melamine, bamboo fiber / dishwasher safe

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