Mario Bellini’s Pantheon table is a revival of the La Rotonda, a table from the I Contemporanei collection. The new table top, with a glass oculus, is suspended between a wooden sculpture that is a surreal combination of Escher and a piece of fine carpentry. The La Rotunda has evolved into the Pantheon which is an ideogram of Japanese clarity and incisiveness. The dimensions of the Pantheon are also derived from the East. it is not unlike the dimensions of the large round tables used by families gathering on festive occasions. The incorporation of the rotating central disc also stems from this, and from Japanese refectories. The oculus is a glass heart which opens the top for a view of the underlying structure. With sublimated forms and fine materials, this complex object exalts the value of food and togetherness as indispensable rites imbibed with ancient meanings and untouched by time.