MY CUL­TURAL LIFE AL­BERTO ALESSI

We ask a tastemaker what they are read­ing, watch­ing, lis­ten­ing to and down­load­ing

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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.

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