I for one have come to love the endearing and humorous modern kitchenware from Alessi. From a quirky corkscrew shaped like a smiling lady in a dress, to an iconic teapot with an updated whistling dragon, Alessi has thrown open the door to welcome in a diverse range of styles, which keeps me coming back for more.
An Italian brand, Alessi was founded by Giovanni Alessi in 1921 and was originally a wood and metal workshop. Over the years, they have evolved into a world respected design powerhouse, producing the whimsical products they are known for today. It is in the humor of the everyday, and not taking design so seriously, that these splendid products are conceived.
For Alessi, design becomes more than function; a bowl becomes more than just a bowl. Each piece of modern kitchenware transcends their function, and it is in this interplay that we find joy in Alessi’s designs. Just when you think Alessi has thought of it all, they release a new whimsical and inspiring design.
It’s a philosophy of designing for what you love that functions at the heart and soul of the modern kitchenware Alessi produces. There’s no doubt then that a love for eating and cooking acts as motivation for creating products that serve to expound on the delight that is experienced while enjoying a meal with family and friends.
Over 500 designers from all over the world have contributed to the creation of the current Alessi catalog. There’s no doubt in our minds that the enduring designs of Alessi will continue to live on. Here’s a video of the current president of Alessi and Giovanni’s grandson, Alberto Alessi, sharing the tricks of the trade and the secrets to the enduring designs of Alessi:
Darren is one of the Merchandise Managers for YLiving, and has had a long career in the Home Furnishings industry with companies like RH, Gumps and ABC Carpet & Home. He has a passion for art and design inspired by his time at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He spends his free time in his garden picking lemons and avoiding mowing the lawn, while playing with his long-haired dachshund.