The fam­ily of ALESSI DE­SIGN­ERS

In our new video se­ries, Al­berto Alessi and four Aus­tralian cre­atives from the Alessi sta­ble share in­sights and in­spi­ra­tions.

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“In my opin­ion de­sign is a cre­ative dis­ci­pline based on po­etry and art,” says Al­berto Alessi, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the iconic house that has been in his fam­ily since 1921. “What I am look­ing for is a poet.” Hav­ing pi­o­neered the brand’s famed col­lab­o­ra­tions with the post­mod­ernists in the 1980s, Mr Alessi con­tin­ues to cham­pion de­sign tal­ent world­wide, in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive pool of Aus­tralian artists, ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers.


Launce­s­ton jew­ellery and ob­ject de­signer Anita Dineen joined the Alessi fam­ily in 2014 when her svelte reimag­in­ing of a cheese knife was named win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Alessi De­sign Award. In­spired by the an­tech­i­nus, a mouse-like mar­su­pial na­tive to Tas­ma­nia, Anita’s curvi­lin­ear blade clev­erly bal­ances on it­self, evok­ing Alessi’s play­ful el­e­gance.


Adam Goodrum’s win­ning entry from the 2015 Alessi De­sign Awards lends po­et­i­cism to an ev­ery­day rit­ual by el­e­vat­ing the hum­ble eggcup to a de­sign ob­ject with in­tel­li­gence and beauty. The ‘Nest’ wraps an egg in a crown of mi­cro-cast stain­less steel, mak­ing it at once highly re­solved in its util­ity and be­guil­ing in its mul­ti­fac­eted sculp­tural form.


Com­bin­ing an ex­per­i­men­tal approach to in­dus­trial pro­cesses with a predilec­tion for nat­u­ral mo­tifs, Adam Cor­nish utilised Alessi’s ad­vanced laser-cut­ting tech­nol­ogy to daz­zling ef­fect for his 2015 ‘Trin­ity’ col­lec­tion, weav­ing ta­ble cen­tre­pieces with vor­tex-like con­cen­tric struc­tures to sug­gest a flu­id­ity and dy­namic mo­tion.


Cel­e­brated Mel­bourne artist, maker and sil­ver­smith Su­san Cohn is pro­pelled by her cu­rios­ity about peo­ple and the joy of shared ex­pe­ri­ence. “Table­ware is about the rit­ual of shar­ing food,” says Su­san, whose ‘Cohn­cave’ bowl – that lay­ers two pieces of per­fo­rated me­tal to cre­ate unique and mu­ta­ble pat­terns – has been pro­duced by Alessi since 1992.

The wis­dom of Alessi de­sign­ers, and call for en­tries.

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