Called the godfather of Italian design, Alberto Alessi is the head behind one of the most recognizable homeware brands in the world.
Known for their capacity to create functional products executed as high design, the brand Alessi has come a long way.
The company was founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi to produce crafted products in metal for eating and drinking. In 1953, Carlo Alessi, son of Giovanni was named chief designer and designed the coffee service Bombé, manufactured in four sizes.
As the third generation in the Alessi family, by the 1980s Alberto Alessi took over the management of the company. With his creativity he introduced a large range of products to the brand, through collaborations with some of the world’s leading designers and architects such as Ettore Sottsass, Achille Castiglioni, Alessandro Mendini, Michael Graves, Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, the Bouroullec Brothers, Zaha Hadid and Marcel Wanders.
More than a entrepreneur Alberto Alessi explores the frontiers of design and technology to create dreams:
“We are aware that our primary role is not so much to produce lights and coffee-makers. It is rather that of artistic mediators: on the one hand of the best expressions of international design and on the other the so-called market, the needs of the public, or as I prefer to say, the dreams of the public.”
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