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
Pierfrancesco Cravel graduated from the Politecnico di Milano where he attended the courses of Arturo dell'Acqua, Corrado Levi and Andrea Branzi with whom he designed some furniture for the house of Lawrence Steele, Grand Vases and Genetic Tales. In 1998, he became Art Director for the Trussardi Group working with Nicola Trussardi and photographers that included Satoshi Saikusa, Steven Klein and Armin Linke. He designed the Python perfume bottle and the Trussardi Home Collection.
At his own company, PFC architects, founded in 2000, Pierfrancesco Cravel has designed and created many commercial and residential buildings, notably The Pirelli Skyscraper in Milan (1996), Villamoda (2001) and the public space around the Dubai International Financial Center (2007). In 2012 he started to design for Alessi, Driade and Petite Hache. He has lectured in Architecture and Industrial Design at the Politecnico di Milano since 1999 and as a visiting professor at the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan and at the IED (L'Istituto Europeo di design). He has written articles and reviews for Vogue Italia and more recently for Domus online.