The organic shape of each piece in the Colombina Collection suggests petals. And like a bloom, each can be leafed through, offering a new experience, in this case, of smells, sights and taste. Such a sculptural, flight of exploration stems from the prolific minds of Roman-born architects Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas. For four decades, the highly decorated pair have been at the forefront in their use of new materials and innovative design, from the Peres Peace House, hailed project of the year for 2009/2010 in Israel, to the Armani Ginza Tower in Tokyo and, yes, their geometric tableware, including the Colombina line, for Alessi. From grand halls to tea cups, their shared penchant for recognizing the bold beauty in simple forms is a revelation for us all to enjoy.
- Dinner Plate: 12.5" x 10.75"
- Side/Desert Plate: 9.5 x 7.75"
- Soup Bowl: 8.25 x 7"
- Small Deep Bowl: 5.75" x 2.25" h
- Teacup: 4" x 3.5" and 7 fl oz
- Small saucer: 5.75 x 4.75"
- Salad Bowl: 12.5" x 10.75"
- Serving Plate: 14.5" x 13"
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A name nearly synonymous with modern Italian design, Alessi defined the post-modern 1980s with its superstars Philippe Starck and Michael Graves. However, the company was actually founded almost 100 years ago in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi, as a tableware workshop producing items in nickel, chromium and silver-plated brass in Valle Strona in the Italian Alps. Son Carlo Alessi, trained as an industrial designer, brought modernism to the fore in the 1930s and later his brother Ettore Alessi began the practice of collaborating with outside designers.
By the 1970s, the company teamed with the likes of Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass before ushering in its most iconic decade. Now under Carlo's son Alberto Alessi, collaborations continue with a new generation, including Jasper Morrison, Mario Botta and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. "A true work of design must be able to move people," says Alberto, "to convey feelings, to trigger memories, to surprise, to go against the grain."
“We do things in 3-D on computers these days,” says Jasper Morrison, reflecting on a 35-year career as a designer. “We are considerably more efficient and precise, and we are able to have much more control over the finished article.” This giant of British design has been responsible for everything from alarm clocks to appliances, from telephones to trains (the Hannover Tram, the largest European light rail of its time.) Along the way, he’s collaborated with numerous brands including Alessi, Cappellini, Muji and Sony. Yet Jasper is unpretentious about his vast influence, honing in on a product’s function and even entitling his recent retrospective "Thingness," which, with typical perspective, he defines as "the quality that makes a thing good at what it does.”