Alessi is an Italian design company that can be considered more of a design laboratory than just a manufacturer – this distinctive Italian brand has always been a true trendsetter. Founded in 1921, Alessi has collaborated with talented designers for over a hundred years. Today, Alessi is regarded as one of the leading manufacturers of tableware, kitchen utensils and home decor in the design world.

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Alessi – Bold visionary of Italian design

Italian design manufacturer Alessi is known for its inventive and elegant objects that transform everyday tasks into extraordinary moments. Each Alessi product reflects the brand's mission to blend art, design and function into delightful experiences.

Alessi's journey to global fame

  • Alessi's story began in 1921 when Giovanni Alessi founded the metal workshop Fratelli Alessi Omegna in Omegna, Italy. Initially, the company primarily produced metal household items but gradually expanded to a more diverse product range.
  • In the 1950s, Giovanni Alessi's son Carlo took over the company, at the time known as ALFRA (ALessi FRAtelli). His brother Ettore led the design department, resulting in famous wire baskets and fruit bowls, among many other designs. The brand also began collaborating with renowned designers.
  • In the 1970s, Giovanni Alessi's grandson Alberto Alessi joined the company and started new projects with designers like Ettore Sottsass, Richard Sapper and Achille Castiglioni. Sapper's design of the 9090 espresso maker earned Alessi its first Compasso d’Oro award.

Over 100 years of Italian design

  • In the 21st century, Alessi has continued to collaborate with international architects and designers, including Patricia Urquiola, Michele De Lucchi and the design studio BIG-GAME.
  • In 2021, Alessi celebrated its 100th anniversary with the release of the Alessi 100 Values Collection.
  • Alessi is still led by the descendants of Giovanni Alessi, who maintain the high quality and innovative design of Alessi products. Alessi's products are exhibited in major museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Ethical and radical

Alessi encapsulates its design philosophy with the words "Ethical & Radical". The vision, shaped by Alessandro Mendini, includes two key elements: ethical design focusing on simplicity and modesty, and a radical approach aimed at bold, expressive and decorative forms.

Alessi's products are renowned for combining top-tier design and artistic vision with everyday objects – this can be seen in their iconic kitchen utensils and coffee and tea makers, which serve as both works of art and practical items. The majority of Alessi's products are still made in the company’s own factory in Italy.

Why choose Alessi?

  1. Unique design: Each Alessi product is a masterpiece of design, bringing a touch of art to everyday life.
  2. Italian quality: Most Alessi products are made in Italy from carefully selected materials, combining the best of craftsmanship and industrial manufacturing.
  3. Top designers: Alessi collaborates with leading designers and visionary architects from around the world.
  4. International recognition: Alessi's products have won numerous awards and are featured in design museums worldwide.
  5. Collectible value: Many Alessi products are highly sought-after collectables with good resale value.

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Discover Alessi's distinctive design and read more about the brand's latest collections in our Design Stories online magazine.