MY CULTURAL LIFE ALBERTO ALESSI
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Alberto Alessi is president and head of marketing strategy, communication and design management at Italian design company Alessi – the brand celebrates its 95th anniversary this year. Since joining in 1970, he has initiated collaborations with cutting-edge designers. Most recently, a line of clocks with architect Daniel Libeskind and Antwerp duo Studio Job (@alessi_official; alessi.com).
The last exhibition I saw was ‘Arts & Foods: Rituals Since 1851’ ( 1) at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum. It was curated by Germano Celant, a well-known Italian art critic. It focused on the complex relationship between the arts and food since the year of Britain’s Great Exhibition, and included some Alessi designs. The song that makes me feel happy is The Beatles’ Penny Lane. I listen to The Beatles ( 2) a lot and find this track so uplifting. I go to Brittany every year with my family. We usually stay at a hotel-spa there called Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa ( 3), which offers therapies such as thalassotherapy [skin treatments using sea water] and is a great place to detox.
I’m currently listening to This is Sinatra!, a compilation album from 1956. It’s the perfect background music when I’m at home near Lake Orta in northern Italy ( 4), reading, swimming in my pool or relaxing with a glass of my favourite wine, which is produced in my vineyard, Cascina Eugenia.
My favourite piece of music is La Valse d’amélie by Yann Tiersen, from the soundtrack to the movie Amélie ( 5). To me, it perfectly evokes Paris. I can also relate to the story of the film’s Parisian heroine: just as Amélie devotes her life to bringing happiness to others, so Alessi strives to fulfil people’s desire for happiness, injecting art and poetry into everyday objects.