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
Toyo Ito is a Japanese architect known for his expression in both the physical and virtual worlds. Born in 1941, Ito was instantly turned on to the beauty of modern Japanese architecture. He went on to study at Tokyo University followed by his first working experience at a firm run by Kiyonori Kikutake, a member of the Metabolism group. In 1971 Toyo Ito opened his own practice in Tokyo, Urban Robot, which later became Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.
Toyo Ito has had various teaching opportunities at esteemed universities, including: University of North London, Columbia University in New York, Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, and Harvard University. His work has been shown at numerous personal and collective exhibitions and he has participated in various major international competitions.
Ito's numerous awards include: the prize of the Institute of Japanese Architecture for the Silver Hut (1986); the City of Kumamoto Award for the Yatsushiro Museum (1991) and the Yatsushiro Fire Station (1996); the Interarch Award (1997) and the Gold Medal of the Union of Architects of Bulgaria (1997); the Arnold W. Brunner Award presented by the American Academy of Fine Arts (2000); the World Architecture Award East Asia for the Sendai Mediathèque (2002).View other products by Toyo Ito