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
Far from the small village life she lived in France, Matali Crasset's brilliance as an industrial designer shines in her eccentrically pragmatic approach and out-of-the-box thinking to design. The things she creates arouse fascination and easily becomes the theme of global trade discussions.
By breaking the rules, experimenting and questioning the codes that govern life, her creations are every inch fresh, vibrant, and exceptional but never impractical. She has collaborated on a diverse range of projects, including interior architecture, handicraft design, furniture engineering, and graphic artworks, to name a few. The Aquamass Hi-Bath bathtub she designed for Hi Hôtel in Nice garnered her the Design + prize and the Grand Prix de la salle de bains d'Hôtel award at the Idéo Bain 2010 Trade Fair.View other products by Matali Crasset