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Design - Design for Pianissimo on graph paper

Design for Pianissimo on graph paper

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (Possibly)

  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Alice, Abi (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    The gift of Abi Alice

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 112

Abi Alice was born in Sydney, Australia. She has a Bachelors (completed 1996) and a Masters degree in Fine Art (completed 2007), from the Sculpture, Performance and Installation Department at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Since 2001 she has had solo shows and group exhibitions in Sydney, the wider New South Wales area and Melbourne.

Her interest lies in mathematics and geometry. She uses grid paper and co-ordinates to create intricate geometric compositions based on arcs, circles and lines. The compositions begin as drawings, which Alice then works up into paintings, including colour to create form. In many instances this then becomes the foundation for a 3-D object, which she creates through ‘choices in cutting, bending and folding’.

This is one of a group of objects (E.628 to E.633-2015) produced during Abi Alice’s collaboration with Alessi, the Italian houseware and kitchen company, and illustrate the stages of her working process.

Alice has produced four pieces in collaboration with Alessi which together form the ‘Resonance’ series: ‘Resonance’ for the autumn/winter collection, 2006; ‘Harmonic’ and ‘Small Resonance’ for the spring/ summer collection, 2008; and ‘Pianissimo’ for the spring/ summer collection, 2009. The title of the series is based on Alice’s belief that when she arrives at a harmonious composition, it is as if one can hear it.

She describes the work produced during her collaboration with Alessi as an interdisciplinary project. Her intention is to celebrate all creative art forms and illustrate how the same fundamental geometries can be used to produce three different outcomes: a drawing, a painting and an object.

Alessi translates her harmonious compositions into objects by cutting, folding and curving sheets of stainless steel.

Physical description

Four interlinked circles drawn on graph paper. Paper has seven holes punched down side. Signed 'Abi Alice 2008'.

Place of Origin

London (Possibly)




Alice, Abi (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper.

Marks and inscriptions

Abi Alice 2008
on bottom, right hand side of page

Index No
printed on bottom, reverse side of paper


Height: 29.8 cm, Width: 20.8 cm 23/12/2015

Descriptive line

Abi Alice; design for Pianissimo on graph paper, 2008


Paper; Pencil




Designs; Silver

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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