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
Born in Granerolo in 1916. He studied design at the Istituto OMAR in Novara and in the early '30s, when still very young, he joined his father's business. Around the middle '30s he designed many Alessi objects among which "The Octagonal Tea and Coffee set", "Scalini", "The Cilindrico tea and coffee service" and "The Bombé tea and coffee service". Towards the end of the '40s he became the company's general manager. Today he is Alessi president.