All posts tagged: Alessi

Highlights from Alessi’s New Collection

The Italian accessories brand Alessi has brought together a range of collaborators — from star architects to new talent — for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection of tabletop products. Below are a few of my favorites from the new collection. Forma Grater by Zaha Hadid The Forma Grater was the late Iraqi architect’s final project for Alessi. Like many of her works, its shape was inspired by organic, natural forms that have been smoothed over time by water and wind. It consists of two elements: a sculptural black melamine base holding a mirror-polished stainless steel grater. $80 Va Bene by Miriam Mirri The Va Bene cooking utensil for testing pasta, vegetables, and other hot foods is produced via a complex sheet metal processing technique of molding, cutting, and welding to create a form that recalls part of a musical instrument. $45 T-Timepiece by Titus Wybenga Inspired by the shape of an antique pocket watch, this infuser was a result of the “Life in Transition” workshop organized in collaboration with Dutch University TU Delft, with a mission …

AlessiLux LED

I am noticing a trend in incredibly designed LED lightbulbs. Shipping this month, Foreverlamp AlessiLux is a new line of energy-efficient LED bulbs, tabletop lamps, and luminaires from Eindhoven–based Foreverlamp Europe and Crusinallo–based Alessi with forms inspired by flames, drums, and even robots. My favorite is “Ricordo” by Frederic Gooris (above), a modern tribute to the obsolete, but not forgotten, oil lamp (Giovanni Alessi Anghini and Gabriele Chiave also designed pieces in the collection). Unfortunately for us in North America, the lamps are currently only shipping to EU Member states (table lamps are approximately 50 Euros, and the bulbs approximately 35 Euros.)

ECAL/Alessi Office Objects

During last April’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne presented a student design exhibition at the Alessi space on Via Manzoni showcasing a collection of desk and office objects. While I didn’t see the products in person, from these photos the second-year student work (led by the industrial design department head Elric Petit) certainly looks like something of the quality that I would find in an Alessi catalog. While there are no current plans to put the items into production, I would be very surprised if this was the last time we see some of them. Either way, best of luck to the students, who have had great exposure on an international scale, and serious pieces for their portfolios.