Posted by: Helen Walters on February 20, 2009
Storied Italian design company Alessi has been in business since 1921, with third generation family member Alberto Alessi now at the helm. Alberto will be in New York on March 3, and he’s coming in to see us to answer five of your questions. Want to know how he handled working with designers such as Philippe Starck, Michael Graves or Aldo Rossi? Interested in finding out about the process of a company whose products seem at home in kitchen cupboards and museum vitrines? Wonder how Alessi, which now employs about 500 people and exports goods to about 60 countries, has been affected by the downturn? Ask away!
Above from left: Philippe Starck’s “Juicy Salif”; Aldo Rossi’s “La Conica”; Michael Graves’ “Whistling Bird Kettle”
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