Amandine Alessandra: News & Projects / Portfolio

  1. In Vino Veritas, Rainbow Edition @ the Barbican Centre


    “At first glance, the Curve Gallery at the Barbican looks as if it has been transformed into a glorified gallery gift shop. Step inside, however, and you will notice that the objects adorning the sleek lacquered tabletop units possess an element of the surreal and idiosyncratic, including hacksaw shaped bread boards and tiny wind up music boxes.
    This is the Design Den – the Barbican’s answer to a pop-up shop, keeping intact a design aesthetic befitting of its Brutalist location. Focusing on the applied arts, and in conjunction with DesignMarketo — ‘a platform that diffuses up-and-coming designers’ small or limited productions’ – the consumer cultural experience comes alive. (…)
    Hato Press, a specialty printing and publishing house based near London Fields, showcase small notebooks of illustrations collated from test prints and mistakes in their studio. Their expertise in screen and Risograph print processes create beautifully constructed art books. Elsewhere, design fuses with humour, from the Ty DIY Edition Shower Curtain with marker pen (create your perfect shower curtain) to Amandine Alessandra’s In Rainbow Veritas, a plain white bistro tablecloth that reveals a flower blossom pattern when wine, curry sauce or tea is spilt on it. (…)”

    Rosie Higham-Stainton,

    Design Den
    The Curve
    Barbican Centre, Silk Street
    London, EC2Y 8DS
    Until 23 December 2011
    Mon – Sat 10am – 8pm
    Sun 12 noon – 8pm

  2. New collection: In Rainbow Veritas


    Cutlery Use Dev Org, tablecloth Amandine Alessandra during A Dinner with DesignMarketo at the Barbican Gallery.



    In Rainbow Veritas is a new edition of In vino Veritas, a plain white bistrot tablecloth that reveals its pattern as wine, blueberry juice, curry sauce or tea is spilled on it, diverting the attention away from an awkward situation, as an irregular pattern of flowers blossoms in the stain.
    The new collection was recently launched in London at the dinner hosted by DesignMarketo
    at the Barbican Gallery.

    A limited series, hand printed in East London by All Cats Are Grey and sold on DesignMarketo.

  3. January to May laid on a table


    1. Preliminary research on form (Triangle))
    2. Research on form
    3. Research on colour
    4. Research on context 1 (Sporting Spirit)
    5. Research on final project

  4. Like the back of my hand


    “to know (something) like the back of one’s hand”

    1. (transitive, idiomatic) To be intimately knowledgable about something, especially a place.

    Littéralement « connaître quelque chose comme le dos de sa main ».


    Explanation: Do you recognize this intriguing globular cluster of stars? It’s actually the constellation of city lights surrounding London, England, planet Earth, as recorded with a digital camera from the International Space Station. Taken in February 2003, north is toward the top and slightly left in this nighttime view. The encircling “London Orbital” highway by-pass, the M25, is easiest to pick out south of the city. Even farther south are the lights of Gatwick airport and just inside the western (left hand) stretch of the Orbital is Heathrow. The darkened Thames river estuary fans out to the city’s east. In particular, two small “dark nebulae” – Hyde Park and Regents Park – stand out slightly west of the densely packed lights at the city’s core.



    CMYK (short for cyan, magenta, yellow, black, is a subtractive color model, used in color printing.
    In additive color models such as RGB, white is the “additive” combination of all primary colored lights, while black is the absence of light.
    In the CMYK model, it is just the opposite: white is the natural color of the paper or other background, while black results from a full combination of colored inks.
    I applied both the additive and the subtractive combinations by assembling a cyan picnic plate to a magenta and a yellow acetate files. Just to check. And it’s all TRUE!

  6. Contrast / chameleon


  7. Tint, tone & hue


    I did this installation in London Fields on sunday, gathering colours more that the actual objects bearing them .
    As he was helping me running after everything the wind was blowing away Jerome asked me to take a picture of his hand pointing at a tone like a color selector on Photoshop.
    He used the shot to illustrate this article.