Commemorative Table by Renzo Piano Reimagined for 9/11 Anniversary

Soon after the September 11 terrorist attacks, furniture manufacturer  commissioned five designers, including  and , to create commemorative tables that were auctioned of at , raising nearly $200,000 for the  and families of fallen Italian-American firefighters. But then, much like Ground Zero itself, the iron base of ’s submission was reborn in Earth to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The table is ensconced in World Trade Center Tower 4, at the entrance of  Downtown, the Italian marketplace’s latest Manhattan branch, designed by . But while the Piano original was topped with a solid sheet of kauri, the new design immerses fragments of the New Zealand wood (representing the continents) in clear resin (indicating bodies of water) and is set beneath the slogan “global bread, a common thread.”

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