01 Cronotime Clock
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
Pio Manzù, son of the famous sculptor Giacomo Manzù, was a young designer and one of the founding members of the 'International Research Center on Environmental Structures'. He distinguished himself as the designer of one of the most successful models of the Italian motor-car industry, the Fiat 127, as well as of numerous vehicle prototypes of innovative content from both the formal and technical points of view.
In May 1969, at the early age of thirty, Pio Manzù died in a tragic road accident while on his way to Turin. In memory of their prematurely deceased friend, the founding members decided to call the Institute the 'Pio Manzù International Research Centre'.