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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
Milton Glaser, an American designer, was born in New York City on June 26, 1929. In 1952, the award of a Fulbright Scholarship allowed Glaser to study with the painter Giorgio Morandi in Bologna and he became a spokesman for the ethical practice of design. Glaser's list of accomplishments include the founding of Pushpin Studios in 1954, becoming co-founder of New York magazine in 1968, establishing Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974 and, in 1983, teaming with Walter Bernard to form the publication design firm WBMG.
Glaser's work garnered him one man shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and several of his pieces reside in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Glaser was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts in the United States. As a renowned graphic and architectural designer, his works range from iconic logos to the complete graphic and decorative program for restaurants in the World Trade Center. Throughout his career, Glaser has been a prolific designer of posters and prints and has become one of the most celebrated graphic designers in the U.S. Glaser has received Lifetime Achievement awards from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Fulbright Association.