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Michael Savona, T is for a few things, 2019. Paint on wood; dimensions variable (largest individual "piece" measures 6 × 15 × 3/4 in.).
Alessandro Mendini for Alessi, Anna Gong, 2011. Stainless steel; 10 3/4 × 17 1/4 × 8 in.

25  Description

‘T is for a few things’ is a double sided-puzzle that can be ceiling hung, wall-mounted, or laid on the ground. One side features the pattern of an animal (in this case, a tiger); the other, a part of the environment in which it’s found (trees).

25b  Description

The Anna Gong cake stand is Mendini’s tribute to the legendary folding cake stand “art. 898”. Anna Gong has, like its predecessor, two aspects and two uses: when closed, it’s a table-top sculpture; when open, it becomes a multi-tier cake stand that can be used at the table. (words from Alessi)


Michael Savona makes work to live around. Founded in 2010, his practice includes printed matter, visual identities, jewelry, websites, and objects.

Michael holds a Masters of Design in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Sculpture from Alfred University. He has exhibited in The Design Museum London, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. His designs have been licensed to NYC-based manufacturer AREAWARE and his works are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Society of Typographic Arts for the Chicago Design Archive.

In 2018, Michael started the artists’ book imprint Frontieriors as a means to co-create books; in 2019, he began teaching part-time in the Designed Objects Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.