Alessi AC06 Ala, crumb collector in 18/10 stainless steel mirror polished. Designer: Achille Castiglioni.
Designer: Achille Castiglioni
Designed by Achille Castiglioni, this object is a distinctive mix of simplicity, irony and fun, combined with curiosity about the way things are used, and about technology and new materials.
Born in Milan in 1918, he started work as an architect and designer with his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo in 1938. One of the great masters of Italian design, he was a founding member of ADI in the fifties. The long list of awards he has received include eight Compassi d'Oro. His activity as a designer is an unmistakable blend of simplicity, irony and fun and its shows his close interest in the way objects are used, in the potential offered by technology and in the use of new materials. He dies in 2002.
Over time, Alessi also began to work with many other materials, such as porcelain, glass, wood, and plastic. A specific production method was developed for each one. Even when production takes place outside the Crusinallo plant, Alessiâs guidelines ensure the companyâs original production quality standards, continuing to reconcile industrial technological complexity with an artisanal eye for detail.
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