LZ01 - Opposition Tray
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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
Graduated from Southeast University in Nanjing & Finished his postgraduate study in ETH-Zurich, Lei Zhang found his architecture office AZL architects 2001 in Nanjing. In May 2009 Lei Zhang was named by Icon Magazine as one of 20 architects who are transforming the future and changing the way we work. AZL was selected into one of the ten architecture offices as Design Vanguard 2008 by [Architectural Record]. AZL's "Slit House" was entered as honorable mention project by ar+d world emerging architecture awards 2008 byArchitectural Review]. While winning the Architecture awards like "WA Chinese Architecture Awards" (2002, 2006, 2008) & "Chinese Architecture & Art Awards" (2004), He is involved in major international exhibitions on contemporary Chinese Architecture in Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy & American. His works are published quite intensively in international magazines like Domus, Lotus, Architectural Record, Architectural Design, Architectural Review, Mark, Icon etc. Lei Zhang is now teaching as professor in School of Architecture & City Planning in Nanjing University. He has been invited as guest professor & guest critic in Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chiba Institute of Technology in Tokyo & GSD-Harvard. www.azlarchitects.com