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
Eero Aarnio was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. He studied interior and industrial design at the School of Applied Arts in Helsinki from 1954 to 1957 and opened his own design office in Helsinki in 1962. The recipient of multiple design awards, Eero Aarnio's designs are represented in some of the most significant museums worldwide including Victoria and Albert Museum in London, MoMA in New York and Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.View other products by Eero Aarnio