GAG02 - Sbriciola Bread Board
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
After graduating with a degree in architecture in Florence, Gian Franco Gasparini taught industrial design at ISIA in Florence. He founded and directed, for twelve years, the Università del Progetto and has directed design and communications projects for major internationally-famous companies. In 2002 Anna and Gian Franco Gasparini founded the Architettura della Comunicazione company, which works in the area of design and the communication processes associated with it. Their most recent projects are the Langhe Museum in Grinzane Cavour castle, the coordinated image project for the network of Cariparma/Crèdit Agricole bank branches, and consultancy for a number of major companies.