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
Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950. She studied at the Architectural Association in London, where she qualified in 1977.
Hadid began her professional architectural career in 1979, with her uniquely organic design aesthetic giving rise to some of the greatest architectural wonders of the modern age. Some of her best known works include the Vitra Fire Station at Weil am Rhein, Germany, and a residential building for the IBA in Berlin. Her major completed projects include the Lf One Pavilion at Weil am Rhein (1993-99); the Mind Zone at Millennium Dome in London (1997-99); a tram station and car park in Strasbourg (2001) and a ski jump in Innsbruck (2002).
Zaha Hadid is also well known as a painter and designer of select furniture pieces and home accessories. Her work has been shown in various exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Britain and Germany.View other products by Zaha Hadid