Italian design company Alessi has recently introduced the new 2014 Fall/Winter Collection. Known for their sleek steel designs such as their iconic kettles, the brand introduces a stunning new collection rich in textures, colours, and innovative materials. The new additions to the brand include a lively fruit bowl, a series of designer coffee makers, a series of multifunctional plastic containers, and an innovative bowl design that reinvents the notion of ‘concrete’. In addition to these brand new projects, Alessi is also unveiling new colours for the Joy Collection, the ecco! and Mediterraneo fruit bowls.
French architect Odile Decq joins forces with Alessi once again, after the successful Alice tray presented in 2013. This fall the collaboration brings to the market a delicate and dynamic fruit bowl that seems to ‘fly around the stationary fruit it carried and displays’.
Twist Again is created from a single piece of 18/10 stainless steel, cut and folded to create a vortex of lines and surfaces that spread from the center. The elegant design is available in polished stainless steel and coloured steel with the “Super Black” finish, a colour developed from Alessi’s extensive colour research.
Twist Again …
A dance around the fruits,
The skirt is flying all over,
And the fruits remain in
La Trama e l’Ordito (Warp and Weft in Italian) by LPWK – Desall and Luca Galbusera was the winning entry of the #ConcreteInDesign contest dedicated to young designers interested in finding new forms of expression with i.design EFFIX, a very high performance material. The i.design EFFIX is a cement mortar developed by researchers at the Italcementi Research and Innovation Center and combines the durability of a cement with the workability of a plastic material.
The texture and light-weight of La Trama e l’Ordito takes you by surprise, soon realizing you are holding something truly unique. A close look at the design reveals the story behind the name chosen. La Trama e l’Ordito pays homage to the artisan in the design, and comes from weaver’s vernacular: the “warp” is the set of lengthwise yarns that are held in tension and the yarns that run side to side are called the “weft.”
I am a designer that was trained at the Faculty of Design of Milan Polytechnic. My first experiences in the interior design field were with both companies and private parties. I am interested in human living and with my approach I hope to expand its infinite diversities.
– Luca Galbusera
Designer and colour consultant to Alessi, Claudia Raimondo presents the Joy collection of center pieces, baskets and trays, in a new enchanting finish using enamel paint. Her research development on finishing processes of metal has lead to a new enamel paint that brings a unique interpretation to colour.
The two new colours introduced are Enamel Paint blue, the traditional blue of precious objects and classic dinner table decorations and Enamel Paint Pomegranate, a cold red that is reminiscent of the freshness of fruits and the ruby tones of coulis and vegetable juice.
Enamel Paint is a new translucent, shiny finish; with colour highlights and a play of shadows that cast a veil over the metal surface, giving it colour tones reminiscent of the enamels seen in the precious objects traditionally associated with jewelry making. Bright colours and backgrounds produce a composite effect of colour, combining the natural quality of the material—the metal that appears in the background—and the notion of overlapping, of overlaying it with a bright colour.
The new finish brings depth and richness to the Joy Collection. The center pieces, baskets and trays subtly change colour in different lighting, creating stunning reflections reminescent of precious stones.
Ossidiana by Mario Trimarchi is a new coffee maker which is considered part of the Alessi’s caffettiere d’autore collection, inspired by sculpture and the act of subtracting matter from a solid block to discover the hidden forms within. Trimarchi started with a cylindrical form and shaved down layer after layer, to reveal a design that is both architectural and sculptural. The boiler and collecting chamber are sculpted and the ergonomics are enhanced to guarantee easy and safe handling.
“Obsidian” suggests a new kind of ergonomics for household objects and its form observes us, mysterious and timeless.
A small aluminum ball grip covered in thermoplastic resin located close to the handle makes it easy to open and close the lid, safeguarding against the risk of burning. The lid has an internal tongue that collects condensation, directing it into the collecting chamber. The black thermoplastic resin handle echoes the faceted design of the coffee pot, a feature that makes it ergonomic and functional.
Ossidiana is available in one, three and six cup sizes and comes in hexagonal packaging designed by Mario Trimarchi that matches the angled design of the coffee maker.
CARGO box, designed by BIG-GAME, is a universal plastic container with a wooden handle, made of solid ash that will bring functionality of toolboxes to the home. CARGO box is inspired by the traditional Swiss tool boxes from the 1950’s that were used to store shoe polish, tools and sewing supplies.
Elric Petit, together with Augustin Scott de Martinville and Grégoire Jeanmonod, formed BIG-GAME, a professional design studio as an adjunct to complement his educational work at ECAL in Lausanne. His talent and the Swiss precision with which he conducts his work as a designer led me to suggest addressing the theme of a “new anonymous Swiss design.” This is the first result, which even before being officially presented was awarded the Wallpaper Design Award 2014 in the category of “Best DIY” and the Swiss Design Award.
– Alberto Alessi
This versatile box, a new category for Alessi, can be used to store items like stationery, sewing supplies, tools, kitchen utensils and more. This is the first project for Alessi presented by BIG-GAME and has already received international acclamation, receiving the 2014 Wallpaper Design Award in “Best DIY” category and the 2014 Swiss Design Award. CARGO box is available in black, red and white.
*All images and information courtesy of Alessi.