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ALESSI - Our History

Alessi is one of those companies which embodies a typical phenomenon of Italian industrial culture, namely that of “Italian Design Factories”.

Since time immemorial, my family has been firmly estabilished on Lake Orta. In this poor, narrow valley in the Italian Alps, close to Switzerland, a long-standing tradition in wood and metal handicraft has survived up to this day.

Within the Alessi company, design in the current sense of the term began to gain a foothold under my father Carlo, who drew on his training as an industrial designer in order to develop virtually all of the products which appeared in our catalogues between 1935 and 1945.

In the 1950s, my father replaced my grandfather as corporate general manager, giving up altogether his activity as a designer and increasingly relying on the contributions of freelance designers, in accordance with a practice which was to become typical of all "Italian Design Factories".

To this day, Alessi products are still considered as being handicraft items made with the aid of machines: by this I mean that, even though we rely on contemporary, industrial technology and processing equipment, at depth our practice - the one I believe we ought to stick to, our inherent attitude is still rooted in a handicraft culture.

When speaking about the "Italian Design factories" I am referring to a historical group of companies for whom design is-f I may use a somewhat exaggerated term - a Mission, an activity which has gradually broken away from its original meaning as a simple formal project for an object and has become a sort of "overall philosophy", a "Weltanschauung", underlying all of these companies' operational steps: we believe that our true nature comes closer to a "Research Lab in the Applied Arts" than to an industry in the traditional sense of the term.

Research Lab in the Applied Arts, the role of which is to mediate continually between the most advanced and stimulating expressions of international creative culture on the one hand, and the public's requirements and dreams on the other. A lab that should be as open and dedicated to the world of Creation as possible.

The right type of contribution that an industry such as Alessi can make to the civilised development of the consumer society is to be an artistic mediator, attempting to create new objects, introducing a touch of transcendency, helping us decipher our own modernity. Alberto Alessi


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ALESSI Colombina Collection Small Saucer
ALESSI Colombina Collection Small Saucer, Black
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ALESSI Colombina Collection Small Saucer in melamine, black or red.

Small saucer in melamine. At first sight the “Colombina Collection” looks like a beautiful design with a sculptural approach: plates, containers, and cups that are elegant, new and pleasing, and all excitingly created in new materials and different colours. But on closer inspection, this design reveals an awareness of the rituals of the table that is very open to the evolution of contemporary living, with its playful aspect and its amenability to rearranging the composition of the pieces on the table, as well as its philosophy of change in general. Each object contains another, and each piece can stand freely beside the others, like a welcoming stack of petals.
ALESSI Vime Centerpiece In Rattan
ALESSI Vime Centerpiece In Rattan
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“Vime”, designed by the Campana brothers, is a centerpiece in rattan whose name indicates the finest quality of this fiber. A single structure of woven fibers forms a base that rises up in the center in a sort of stem. At the top of this stem is a hole into which a fresh or dried branch can be inserted, adding a personal touch to the finished effect. Each piece is entirely hand-made with great skill and care. The natural materials and hand manufacturing mean that each piece is unique and different.

Centerpiece in rattan.

Diameter (inches): 20½″
Height (inches): 9″
ALESSI Rigatone Spaghetti Canister, Ice
ALESSI Rigatone Spaghetti Canister, Ice
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ALESSI Rigatone Spaghetti Canister in thermoplastic resin, Ice.
ALESSI Topolone Figurine LIMITED
ALESSI Topolone Figurine - LIMITED!
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ALESSI Topolone - LIMITED!
ALESSI Collectible figurine in porcelain. Hand decorated. 2.25 x 1.25 inches 2.75 inches h
Design Marcello Jori, LPWK

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ALESSI Pinocchino Figurine Limited
ALESSI Pinocchino - LIMITED!
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ALESSI Pinocchino figurine in porcelain. Hand decorated.

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ALESSI I Buonanno LIMITED
ALESSI I Buonanno - LIMITED!
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ALESSI I Buonanno - LIMITED!
ALESSI Collectible figurine in porcelain. Hand decorated. 3.5 x 2.75 inches 4 inches h Design Marcello Jori, LPWK

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ALESSI Alessibambino Glass LIMITED
ALESSI Alessibambino Glass - LIMITED!
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ALESSI Alessibambino Glass - LIMITED!
Glass in thermoplastic resin. Kid friendly or great for outdoor entertaining. 3 inches dia 3 inches h Design Massimo Giacon, Lorenza Bozzoli
ALESSI Alessibambino Bowl LIMITED
ALESSI Alessibambino Bowl - LIMITED!
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ALESSI Alessibambino Bowl - LIMITED!
Bowl in thermoplastic resin. Kid friendly or great for outdoor entertaining. 19.5 oz 6.75 inches dia 2.25 inches h Design Massimo Giacon, Lorenza Bozzoli
ALESSI Alessibambino Flat Plate LIMITED
ALESSI Alessibambino Flat Plate - LIMITED!
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ALESSI Alessibambino Flat Plate - LIMITED!
Flat Plate in thermoplastic resin. Kid friendly or great for outdoor entertaining. 9.5 inches dia
Design Massimo Giacon, Lorenza Bozzoli
ALESSI Girotondo Round Basket
ALESSI Girotondo Round Basket, colored epoxy
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ALESSI Girotondo Round Basket with pierced edge in steel colored with epoxy resin.