Tau Rectangular Tray with Handles
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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
Born in Helsinki in 1966, Kristiina Lassus graduated from the University of Industrial Arts of Helsinki (UIAH) with a Master of Arts (MA) in Design Leadership in 1992. This was followed by postgraduate studies in product development at the Helsinki Polytechnic in 1993, & her second MA in Interior Architecture & Furniture Design from the UIAH in 1995.
After working in renowned interior architecture agencies in Finland & Australia, she developed her first product designs for the Italian design firms Alessi, Poltronova & Zanotta. She was also co-founder, designer & creative director of Harmonia furniture, Finland (1991-93).