Alessi has announced the recognition of its ‘MU’ Cutlery designed by Toyo Ito and the ‘Liconi’ Centerpiece by Pierfrancesco Cravel in the 2013 Good Design Awards. The Good Design award bestows international recognition upon prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, according to a company press release.
“MU” means “hexagon” in Japanese. The precision of the slim, full handle is reminiscent of the shape of Oriental chopsticks and contrasts with the rounded profiles of the spoons and the knife blades. The “MU” table service includes table spoon, table fork and table knife, dessert spoon, dessert fork, dessert knife, pastry fork, tea spoon, coffee spoon and mocha coffee spoon. The range also features four types of serving cutlery: salad set, ladle, cake server, serving spoon and fork.
The ‘Liconi’ centerpiece takes design inspiration from the morphology of a panorama of Valle d’Aosta, with its lake and surrounding mountains located in north western Italy, according to Alessi. It is manufactured in stainless steel with a polished finish using the technique of molding and stamping.
“Alessi is honored to be recognized with two 2013 Good Design Awards,” said Paolo Cravedi, managing director of Alessi USA. We would like to thank the designers for such exciting and original projects and the Chicago Athenaeum for recognizing the creativity and innovative spirit of Alessi.”
Now in its 63rd year, the Good Design Awards, founded in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., remains the oldest program for design excellence worldwide, conferred annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
In November, judges selected more than 500 product designs and graphics from more than 35 nations based on innovation, form, materials and construction, concept, function, utility, and aesthetic appeal. The Alessi products will be featured with other award recipients on the Chicago Athenaeum website, and will be on display at the Chicago Athenaeum during the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show this March.