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
Wiel Arets, Dutch architect, born at Heerlen in 1955, graduated from the Technische Universiteit of Eindhoven in 1983. In 1984 he established Wiel Arets Architect & Associates in Heerlen. In 1996 the office was moved to Maastricht. He has held a number of academic positions: between 1986 and 1989 taught at the Architectural Academies of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, between 1988 and 1992 at the Architectural Association in London, between 1991 and 1994 as Visiting Professor at Columbia University and the Cooper Union in New York, at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In 2000 he held the Mies van der Rohe chair at the etsab in Barcelona. From 1995 to October 2002 he was dean of the Berlage Institute of Rotterdam and currently he holds the Berlage chair at the Technical University in Delft and is director of the Berlage Institute PhD program. His major works include the Academy for Arts and Architecture in Maastricht (1990-93) and the headquarters of the azl pension fund at Heerlen (1990-95).View other products by Wiel Arets