Italian design is well recognized for excellence, creativity, innovation, fashion and global quality. Italian design refers to all forms of design including interior, industrial, automobile, fashion design but what interests us is furnishing and home design. In the wided variety of italian design focused on home we find a well known brand producing housewares products. It’s Alessi, one of the most important companies of italian design producing objects and kitchen items from plastic and metal, created by famous designers. Many important designers gave their name to Alessi products such as Alessandro Mendini, Aldo Rossi, Ettore Sottsass, Richard Sapper, Achille Castiglioni and many others. In 2004 Alessi presented Tea & Coffee Towers, twenty original and elegant tea and coffee services signed by international architecture names such as Greg Lynn, Gary Chang, MVRD, Tom Kovac, SANAA – Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, David Chipperfield, William Alsop, Dezsö Ekler, Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito and Jean Nouvel.
Alessi has launched cult and even funny kitchen utensils such as the squeezer as a spider or the corkscrew as a female figure. The first one, called Juicy Salif was designed by Philippe Starck in 1990 and exposed to the Museum of Modern Art of New York. The second one is called Anna G and was launched in 1994. Today is a cult kitchen object. It’s funny, coloured and cheerful as a woman! It’s made of thermoplastic resine in the classic steel version or in color version signed by Alessandro Mendini. Recently, in 2015, Valerio Sommella, industrial designer, signed the original Sfrido Peeler (photo).
Art, industrial production, emotion with an aesthetic, cultural and useful function: these are the inspirations for Alessi home products, empowering the relationship between the tradition of craftsmanship and the modern technology of industry in a process of global and increasing quality.