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20 Years of Sushi

The history of Kristalia in a table

Design, research, innovation, durability: Sushi table is the utmost expression of Kristalia philosophy. The first in a series of fixed and extendable tables that represent its evolution (as suggested by the names: Nori and Maki), Sushi was an instant success and is still one of the company’s best sellers.

Essential lines and research materials reveal the intellectual rigor of its designer, Carlo Bartoli.  Shapes are clean and strong: a thinly profiled top is contrasted by voluminous legs, hiding together the technology that ensures its extensibility without any bending.

A timeless icon, Sushi remains still today, twenty years after its launch, a compendium of the brand’s poetics.

A “research” table

In the early 2000s, Kristalia focused on developing a table with clean shapes and maximum flexibility of use, easily suitable to domestic ambient.

Attentive to the evolution of living spaces and to environmental sustainability, the company began to explore technologies far from traditional ones, together with high-performance materials, that came from manufacturing domains distant from that of furniture making. From the automotive sector it borrowed the assembling of part of the aluminium supporting structure, as well as the precision bearing system that makes it so easy to slide the extension mechanism. From construction industry instead, came the high pressure stratified laminates 10 mm thick for the tabletop and its extensions.

The result is startling, both from the aesthetic and the technical side. Thanks to a system of telescopic guides, the Sushi table is capable to reach almost twice its length, and to maintain, in all its extension, a continuous surface of only 10 mm thick, without the user perceiving, from any angle one could observe it, the presence of technical elements and thicknesses, fused into its delicate structure.

Timeless contemporaneity

Reliable technologies and resistant materials such as the aluminium of the structure, make Sushi a table destined to last, a meeting point for generations of conviviality.

A timeless table in constant evolution: contemporary but sober colours, over one hundred possible configuration variants, and the simplicity with which the elements that compose it are assembled, make it unique, formally harmonious in any context, both indoor and outdoor.

2022: new Linecompact tops

The first Sushi table had a layered laminate top, characterized by a black edge featuring two thin contrasting threads. The technical evolution of materials since 2002 ultimately led to the choice of Linecompact as the new material for the tabletops, right on the 20th anniversary. The new finish, consisting of a single raw material, and therefore more ecological and sustainable, is consistent with the aesthetics of the already wide range that it further enriches.

Happy birthday, Sushi

Twenty years have passed since the presentation of Sushi at the 2002 Salone del Mobile, years in which Kristalia has continued to experiment, accepting new challenges to grow bigger and better, always using design as a tool to pursue her own interpretation of the world.

Twenty years of projects, passion, and encounters with masters such as Carlo Bartoli, whose language, a gift that has put the company in dialogue with the whole world, remains and will ever remain a source of inspiration for Kristalia.