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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
Architect/Professor Shu Wang lives in Hangzhou, where he established the Amateur Architecture Studio with his wife Lu WenYu together in 1997. He's been working and doing research on re-establishment of contemporary Chinese architecture, which reflects in his projects as the Ceramic Houses, Vertical Courtyard Apartment, the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, Five scatter house, New Campus of China Academy of Art in HangZhou, Ningbo Historic Museum, Tengtou Pavilion for Shanghai expo, etc. The application of vernacular, traditional, recycled construction materials with modern technology is an important and unique feature of his designs. His projects have been published in numerous books and magazines around the world. And also his works have been shown in museums, art and architecture centers, and educational institutes throughout the world. In 2009, his solo-exhibition "Architecture as a Resistance" was showed in the BOZAR art center in Brussels. He serves as the head of School of Architecture in China Academy of Art, one of the best art schools in China. He's been invited by universities, colleges and other institutes around the world to participate academic conferences, give lectures and make speeches.