Marble specialist Salvatori and designer Piero Lissoni have joined forces with Italian restaurateur Massimo Bottura to unveil Design For Soul, a range of tables inspired by the principles behind the chef’s non-profit organisation, Food For Soul.

Launched by Bottura and Lara Gilmore in 2015, the organisation aims to empower local communities to reduce food waste and support social inclusion – at the centre of its programming are the Refettorios, a series of community kitchens that use salvaged food, an expanding network with branches worldwide from Milan to Rio de Janeiro. Initiatives also include a Learning Network and an Innovation Hub, a virtual forum for educational opportunities.

Based on Bottura and Gilmore’s guiding principles of Value of Hospitality, Quality of Ideas and Power of Beauty, the Design For Soul tables feature reclaimed marble and are based on an essential, minimal aesthetic. The project follows a manifesto of celebrating eating traditions, and honours the power of design with a manufacturing process that is respectful and sustainable in its material resources and techniques.


Design For Soul follows and expands on Lissoni and Salvatori’s latest collaboration, a collection titled Lost Stones. The designer worked closely with CEO Gabriele Salvatori to bring back to life old pieces of quarried material, which the pair used to craft a series of bistro tables.

The same principles were used in the Design for Soul project, with marble pieces coming from the Salvatori archives as well as from historical architecture projects, including forest green marble from Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and black stone from St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. As with the Lost Stones project, cracks and imperfections in the material are highlighted using the Japanese art of Kintsugi, with a gold seam that helps bring to life and celebrate the stone’s history.

The tables are characterised by a modular design, based on a sturdy metal structure that can support a range of weights, with production and assembly streamlined into an efficient operation. Design For Soul  will be available in rectangular and round versions. §