Knoll presents Grasshopper, a collection of tables designed by Piero Lissoni, a perfect combination of pure geometry and synthesis of design. The modern table is where key decisions are taken, accommodating a range of functions from family reunions to business meetingsShare
The elegance of Grasshopper derives from its combination of surfaces and structure: the surfaces are distinguished by their slenderness and are available with an innovative rectangular form, incorporating rounded corners, or in a circular format, while the structure is composed of very thin, high-performance cast steel elements available in chromed, burnished or painted finishes. The tabletop is available in uncommon and exquisite stone, such as Rosso Rubino marble, glass, and woods.
Each element of the collection expresses the value of Knoll craftsmanship, evidenced in the working of raw materials of the highest quality, and careful and passionate detailing that confers a special charm to these extremely versatile tables.
Top: Bevel-edge chestnut veneer or marble. Transparent or back frosted extra clear tempered glass.
Base: polished chrome, burnished or painted metal made with castings, reinforced profiles and high performance alloy steel.
Tables are available in glass, wood and coated marble in a wide range of colours and in the veneer..
Rectangular Dining Tables
200W x 90D x 71H cm
240W x 100D x 71H cm
270W x 110D x 71H cm
300W x 120D x 71H cm
Round Dining Tables
137 diameter x 71H cm
152 diameter x 71H cm
180 diameter x 71H cm
"If this table could be described with just two words, they would be flared and lightweight. Indeed, Grasshopper borrows its name from the animal that has six precision tools for legs. Here there are four, equally long and incredible and yet perfectly functional. Above them sits a top that is so thin that it looks able to lift up and take to the air. An object that is so weightless and compact that it works perfectly with all the chairs of the Knoll range. And then I wanted it to have the height of a classic table, just a little lower than those of today, a few centimeters less to promote privileged refinement around the table", so Lissoni describes the new collection of tables.
The elegance of Grasshopper derives from its combination of surfaces and structure: the surfaces are distinguished by their slenderness and are available with an innovative rectangular form, incorporating rounded corners, or in a circular format, while the structure is composed of very thin, high-performance cast steel elements available in chromed, burnished or painted finishes. The tabletop is available in uncommon and exquisite stone, such as Rosso Rubino marble, glass, and woods. Each element of the collection expresses the value of Knoll craftsmanship, evidenced in the working of raw materials of the highest quality, and careful and passionate detailing that confers a special charm to these extremely versatile tables.
Grasshopper also includes a family of low tables conceived as a minimal planetary system. Suspended at different heights, they turn as if floating in thin air, supporting the hypothesis that a gentle spirit is an ethereal gift. The low tables use the same materials and combine with the main round tabletop to produce secondary, differently sized tables that can be moved along the perimeter, tracing out circular orbits. The versatility of these tables derives not only from their clear, geometric aesthetic and their different sizes and heights, but also from the variety of finishes available for the top. Easily adaptable, they add an equally refined touch to the private living room or the public lounge area.
The architect, designer and art director Piero Lissoni (1956), after graduating from the Politecnico di Milano, founded the Milan based interdisciplinary studio Lissoni Associati in 1986 together with Nicoletta Canesi, developing architecture, interior and industrial design projects. Ten years later saw the opening of Graph.x, the graphics studio specializing in brand development and corporate identity. In 2013 it was the turn of Lissoni Architettura and in 2015 the New York based Lissoni Inc. was established, to follow the international market.
With its staff of 70, the studio develops architecture, interiors, design and graphics projects, including villas, residential complexes, offices, factories, theatres, restaurants and hotels, yachts, shops, retail areas, museum fit-outs, exhibition stands, furniture and lighting.
Piero Lissoni is art director of Alpi, Boffi, De Padova, Living Divani, Lema, Lualdi, Porro and Sanlorenzo for whom he designs a variety of products. Recognized as one of the masters of contemporary design, he works for many international brands including Alessi, Antrax, B&B, Bonacina1889, Cappellini, Cassina, Cotto, Fantini, Flos, Glas Italia, Golran, Illy, Janus et Cie, Kartell, Kerakoll, Knoll, Nerosicilia, Olivari, Salvatori, Tecno, Viccarbe.
Recently completed architectural projects include The Middle House for the Swire Hotels Group in Shanghai (2018), The Oberoi Al Zorah Beach Resort Ajman in the UAE (2017), Oceana Bal Harbour, the masterful 240-unit condominium in Miami (2017), Casa Fantini, an 11-room hotel on the shores of Lake Orta (2017), the Sanlorenzo SX88 yacht (2017), Roomers Hotel in Baden-Baden with 130 rooms and spa (2016), Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam (2012), Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem (2009), the renovation of the historic Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2009) and the production headquarters of Fantini spa (2018), Kerakoll Design Lab (2014), Glas Italia (2010) and Living Divani (2007).
Current projects include the Hotel Park in Croatia, the Autograph Hotel and Residences in Budapest, SLS Lux Hotel and Residences in Washington D.C., the Miami Beach Ritz-Carlton Residences, apartments at 45 Park Place in New York, the Hilton Tbilisi hotel in Georgia and private villas in Amsterdam, New York and Mumbai.
Lissoni’s interest in the art world brought him to design a variety of temporary shows in Milan: the room for exhibitions at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, inaugurated with “The triptych of Antonello da Messina” (2015) and recently featuring “The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk” (2018), the retrospective of the photographer Giovanni Gastel, curated by Germano Celant, at Palazzo della Ragione (2016), the anthology of the Renaissance painter “Bernardino Luini e i suoi Figli” at Palazzo Reale (2014). Fondazione Palazzo Te has inaugurated in Mantua the exhibition “Tiziano/Gerhard Richter- Heaven on earth ” where Piero Lissoni, with Lissoni Associati and Graph.x, has designed the installation, the project of visual identity and the catalogue to accompany the show (2018-2019).
Piero Lissoni has received a series of international awards, including the Good Design Award, the Red Dot Award and the Compasso d'Oro ADI; he is Board Member of the MAXXI National Museum in Rome, he is visiting professor and part of the Advisory Board at the Politecnico di Milano, he is Honorary Member of the Altagamma International Council.