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Alessi is a family owned Italian design company, founded in 1921. Giovanni Alessi, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. He was later joined by his son Carlo who was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s and early 1940s. In the mid 1940s Alessi began to work with outside designers. The current Alessi catalog is the result of a collaboration with over 500 designers from all over the world.
"A true work of design must be able to move people, to convey feelings, to trigger memories, to surprise, to go against the grain. From this point of view, design intended to conjure up images in people's minds, which makes them a bit happier, still has tremendous potential." — Alberto Alessi
Since 1966, Donato D'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi have been working together designing architecture, objects, scenography, furnishings and urban projects. They worked with architect Jonathan De Pas from the beginning of their careers until 1991 (the year of De Pas' death). During the 1960s, they showed a particular interest in the activity of creating temporary furniture and architecture, featuring the use of materials and cutting-edge industrial techniques. They designed a series of pneumatic dwellings for the Italian pavilion at the World Expo in Osaka and for the 14th edition of the Milan Triennial. In 1967, they designed the inflatable armchair Blow. They have taken part in numerous exhibitions within the industry and have been invited to create designs for different institutions. Their numerous awards include the 'Compasso d'Oro' (Golden Compass Award) in 1979. Their works can be found in the design collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and many others.View other products by Donato D'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi