The "Dream Factory" Family-run Alessi has blended technological innovations with creativity to reimagine the objects we use every day. Located near Italy's Lake Orta, an area known for highly developed craft traditions in wood and metal, Alessi works with some of the world's best designers to develop new takes on kitchenware and housewares.
Since 1921, Alessi has brought creativity and technology to everyday objects. Alessi’s mission is to "translate aesthetic, design, functionality and quality into thoughtful products for mass production." Giovanni Alessi founded the family-owned and operated company near Lake Orta in the foothills of the Italian Alps, an area known for highly developed craft traditions in wood and metal. In the 1950s Carlo Alessi, Giovanni’s son, took over the company and designed many of the iconic products for which Alessi is known today. It was under Carlo’s leadership that the company began to commission products from outside designers, and it was through this strategy that Alberto Alessi, Carlo’s son and president of the company since 1970, brought the company to the forefront of international design. In 2010, Alberto Alessi received the distinguished Collab Design Excellence Award from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since the company’s foundation in 1921 the majority of Alessi products have been manufactured through the cold working of metals, a tradition that is kept alive today by the skilled workers at the Crusinallo plant in Omegna. Over time, Alessi also began to work with many other materials, such as porcelain, glass, wood, and plastic – with specific, quality-focused production methods being developed for each one.