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The Port basket by Lluis Clotet for Alessi features a mirror-polished finish on a form that is evocative of crumpled paper.
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
Born in Barcelona in 1941, Lluis Clotet studied at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura. His works include the Banco de Espana in Gerona and the accommodation facilities in the Barcelona Olympic village. He is also a founding partner of the firm "B.D Ediciones de Diseno" There are collections of his work in the Modern Art Museum of New York, in the Industrial Design Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, in the Architecture Museum in Frankfurt, in the Bonnafort Gallery in San Francisco, in the New York World Gallery, and in the Columbia University.