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its centenary

Alessi likes to call itself the dream factory… and rightly so. Since 1921, this legendary Italian design brand has collaborated with the most fascinating designers on functional, transgressive items linked to domestic use. Quality takes precedence over industrialisation, while its manufacture, guided by Giovanni and Carlo Alessi, saw its golden age during the 1940s. In 1970, Alberto Alessi changed the design approach and surrounded himself with the greatest designers to create objects that were as functional as they were poetic. This year, we’re celebrating the centenary of this dream factory!

Alessi

The brand celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and takes us on an exciting journey to discover its brand world. Mixing poetry, art, history, creativity and a hint of humour, join in this one-year event, full of surprises and marked by 12 values that make up the richness and uniqueness that is Alessi - yours to discover each month!

The value for May 2021

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Industrial craftsmanship

Since it began, Alessi has worked with machines ... while retaining the artisan mentality: with quality taking precedence over quantity, the most important thing for the brand was to maintain, using machines, craft production and the logic of product assembly. This is what Alberto Alessi calls augmented humanity.

The Sottsass Collection

Alessi is officially launching its centenary with a huge surprise: the brand is reissuing some of the finest creations by Ettore Sottsass from the Twergi collection. The result: the colour language of one of the greatest Italian designers , expressed in pink, yellow and red, renews his totemic objects, to our great delight.

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Ettore Sottsass
Architect of anti-design

"As soon as you put a shape on a base, the shape immediately becomes important, firmer: it becomes a small monument."
Ettore Sottsass

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The value for June 2021

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Art

Art to transcend consumption, differentiate function and emotion, and touch souls: a value dear to Alessi, which this month offers us a memorable interpretation.
Indispensable, desirable, unique. Proust’s 100% Make-up Vase is the 101st vase from the eponymous project. An object of desire for art collectors and fans of Alessandro Mendini. Its pointillist style, pure gold gilding and shape designed by the Italian master make it a rare and unique collector's item

Art on the 100% Make Up vase

Initially, the 100% Make-Up project brought together 100 designers invited to create the decoration of a vase designed by Mendini himself, for Alessi. The Proust vase, the 101st in the collection, offers an ornamental interpretation of an art dear to the Italian master.
In a limited edition of 999 copies.

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Alessandro Mendini

"The decorations are like fish in the sea:they exist, even if we don't see them. The ornamentation is positive since it is the narrative element that animates the cold, tautological object."
Alessandro Mendini

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Paradoxe, the value for July 2021

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Art in its most paradoxical expression

The paradox contradicts everyday experience and common sense, to make them surprising. A value dear to art, which Alessi often takes beyond the apparent banality of everyday objects with humour, sometimes provocation but always by reinventing a design model, with a desire to shake up the established codes. For example, these icons like the Firebird 2.0 lighter by Guido Venturini or the Dédé door stop by Philippe Starck.

Merdolino by Stefano Giovannoni also perfectly illustrates this paradoxical expression, and combines the toilet brush, as an unassuming everyday object, often hidden away, with the shape of an entirely gilded flowerpot, poetic and precious, to display.

Merdolino, the 1st designer toilet brush

Redemption for this type of everyday object, often hidden from view: Stefano Giovannoni’s Merdolino toilet brush is being considered for the first time in the world of design. A real revolution when it was released in 1992, surprising to some and adored by others! Reissued in Gold version: it’s entirely dressed in a golden finish, designed to delight collectors and provocateurs, art lovers and undoubtedly the most paradoxical expression of art.

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Stefano Giovannoni

These objects had an effect on the design world that I would describe as shocking, and even today I carry with me the criticisms of all those who saw them as an attack on the official practice of design. It wasn’t just about adapting to the market; there was also a desire to create objects that could resonate with the desires and imagination of the public.
Stefano Giovannoni

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Above and beyond

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The desire to always go further

Far from resting on their laurels, Alessi is constantly working on this desire to perfect everything above and beyond the object: to push limits; to surprise; to blend together various disciplines, like art. A way of captivating daily life and beyond… A way of shaking up the relationship we have with objects, our ways of working, and our universe. Through this vision, Alessi carries us towards its better, brighter future.

The Cohncave basked

The fruit of a harmonious union of the shape, function and emotion, the Cohncave basked is an object for day-to-day life which captivates the eye thanks to its constant interaction with the light: its double-meshing concept creates an optical illusion with a shimmering effect, giving this object a minimalistic yet hyper-detailed design, rendering a highly sophisticated finish.

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Susan Cohn

The Cohncave basket is one of those creations that not only marks a turning point in your practice, but also continues to nourish your thinking.

An Australian metalsmith and renowned jewellery and small items designer, her creations can be found in leading contemporary art and design museums.

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Hybridisation

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The perfect balance of blends

According to Alberto Alessi, "hybridisation is a blend of various cultures and various disciplines". ». One of Alessi's fabric brands justly allies the culture of design with industrial culture. This is no mean feat, and requires perfect harmony between poetics and the market, lyricism and functionality, aesthetics and reality.

The Anna G & Alessandro M bottle openers

Created by Alessandro Mendini, the most famous pair of bottle openers in Italian design have been redressed for Alessi's 100-year anniversary in the dreamlike "Galla Placidia" decor, designed by the designer himself in 1984. Inspired by the splendour of the lighting, the colours and the mosaic ceilings in the small Ravenna mausoleum, this decor creates an iridescent play of shapes and colours, in which the harshness of the lines uniquely contrasts with the vivid, ethereal hues. A new version which plays further on hybridisation by combining the "cultivated" design universe with the ornamental extravagance found in fashion.

Bottle opener Anna G.

Bottle opener Alessandro M.

Alessandro Mendini

A man of many talents: designer, architect and style advisor for big names such as Swarovski and Philipps, Alessandro Mendini has sculpted the identity of modern Identity design. Considered as a "punk" in the world of design, he has invented the concept of "Anti-design", to oppose the logic of mass industrial production. As a result, he has created multiple objects, in small series and within the confines of the art: masterpieces which have become iconic.

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October value 2021

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Research lab

Much more than mere creators, Alessi pushes the limits of product development through close collaboration with designers. A bona fide industrial and research lab, this is where the dialogues are started for infinite creative possibilities, from fulfilment requirements to artistic achievement for the designer and what the public wants.
Unique witnesses to these research processes today are brought back into the spotlight, with the Conica manico lungo (long side handle) espresso coffee maker and the 9090 manico forato espresso coffee maker (with a perforated handle), with these two design trials never having made it to production in the past, pulled up from the documentary archives of the Alessi Museum.

9090 manico forato espresso coffee maker

Tribute to the genius of its creator, Richard Sapper, the 9090 has a holed handle to reduce heat conduction, and to mark the occasion is available in a bold red colourway, highly appreciated by the designer, instead of the traditional burnished steel finish.
An iconic classic which has been awarded a Compasso d'Oro, in a previously unseen version, created to delight all design fans!
“ wanted to create an unlikely cafetiere” - Richard Sapper

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La Conica manico lungo espresso coffee maker

It's back to the future for this original concept, produced by Alessi for the very first time!
Boasting a long handle that is reminiscent of cafetieres from the olden days, La Conica by Aldo Rossi is a masterpiece of volumes and lines which are unique yet basic. We love its elongated cone-shaped form, which surprises viewers and creates a distinctive marker for this household piece. A 20th-century design icon.

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Ironie

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Borderline

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Poésie

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L’objet

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Transgression

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Projection

Icons & victories

Compasso d’Oro
Alessi’s prestigious victories

As a design house, Alessi has collaborated with masters of design to redefine the creative expression of tableware. Discover these gems which have rewritten the rule book of their time, crowned with a Compasso d’Oro.

Alessi’s icons

Contemporary collections

Dressed
Kitted out like a chef

A link between past and present, the inimitable style of Marcel Wander, iconoclastic designer, is coming to your table. A relief with baroque tones, as pleasant to the eye as to the touch, discretely adorn each piece of this service. New to this collection, the outdoor range and its picnic set give it an irresistible rustic charm!

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Bark
Inspired nature

Now a Christmas decoration, then an object for the kitchen, the Bark collection recalls the bark of trees, evoking its protective function with this motif. The result is a strongly poetic collection where each object shows itself, through its form or function, to be in continuous, harmonious dialogue with nature.

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Cutlery
Mixing tradition and modernity

Elegant tables, the pleasure of cooking, sharing tasty dishes with family or friends … such is the aim of the legendary design house through its numerous cutlery collections. Alberto Alessi calls on the greatest designers and architects to ensure that formal delicacy and poetry reign, right to the end of the fork.

Historic designers

Achille Castiglioni

Alessandro Mendini

Marcel Wanders

Michele De Lucchi

Philippe Starck

Jasper Morrison