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
Massimiliano Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944. He received his degree in architecture from the La Sapienza University in 1969 in Rome, where he opened his first office, followed by firms in Paris and Vienna. He has taught in Stuttgart, Paris, Vienna, New York and Rome and has been named recipient of multiple awards.
Doriana O. Mandrelli was born in Rome. She graduated in History of Art from La Sapienza University in 1979. At the same University, she attended the School of Architecture, taught contemporary architecture and was a member of the board of In/arch (Istituto Nazionale di Architettura). Her partnership with Massimiliano Fuksas dates from 1985. Her work is characterized by continuous research into new materials and new techniques of manufacturing.View other products by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas