Alessi Collections Win Good Design Awards

Three collections from Alessi have been recognized in the 2015 Good Design Awards: Opus, Ossidiana and the brand’s condiment set.

Designed by Guido Venturini and inspired by lace, Opus tableware is formed from a piece of metal lace produced using a laser-cutting technique. The crochet technique is the result of a lengthy process of repeatedly rising and lowering the point of a laser onto sheet metal, the company said.

Ossidiana by Mario Trimarchi is a new coffeemaker which is considered part of 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. According to the company, the boiler and collecting chamber are sculpted and the ergonomics are enhanced for easy and safe handling, while a small aluminum ball grip covered in thermoplastic resin located close to the handle makes it easy to open and close the lid.

The condiment set by Peter Zumthor is comprised of six pieces: An oil-vinegar cruet, salt castor, pepper castor, spice castor, sugar castor and personal salt castor. Crystalline glass was used for the containers and silver-plated cast steel for the lids in order to recreate the naturalness of the mineral forms.

“This award sets the tone for what ‘good design’ means, celebrating creativity in form, function and innovation, and Alessi is honored to be recognized,” said Paolo Cravedi, managing director, Alessi USA. “Each of Alessi’s designers honored this year works meticulously to create something new, useful, and beautiful in every Alessi product and we are thrilled to see them celebrated by the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum.”

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Awards, now in its 65th year, honors the annual achievements of industrial and graphic designers, and manufacturers for their pursuit of design excellence.