WHAT IS ALESSI?
Alessi is a housewares and kitchen utensil company in Italy, producing everyday items from plastic and metal, created by famous designers.
Alessi was founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi. Began as a workshop in the Italian Alps near Switzerland. Alessi started with producing a wide range of tableware items in nickel, chromium and silver-plated brass.
The company’s intention was to produce hand-crafted items with the help of machines until Carlo Alessi (born 1916), son of Giovanni, was named chief designer. In 1945 he ascended to chief executive and designed the coffee service.
His brother Ettore Alessi who introduced the collaboration with external designers in 1955. With some architects, he designed a number of items which were created for the hotel needs.
In 1970 Alberto Alessi the company joined with some designers like Achille Castiglioni, Richard Sapper, Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass. In the '70s Alessi produced a set (salt, pepper and toothpicks) by Ettore Sottsass, the Espressomaker by Sapper.
In the 1990s Alessi started to work more with plastics, designers found it an easier material to work with than metal,
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