Ettore Alessi is dead

Aldo Rossi, David Chipperfield, Philippe Starck, Peter Zumthor, Mario Botta, Enzo Mari,

Ettore Sottsass,

Museums, Companies,

Ettore Sottsass,

On May 30 2011 Ettore Alessi passed away, the honorary chairman of the company that bears his name, known the world over for the originality and prestige of its products, now included in the collections of prestigious museums such as Moma in New York.

Ettore Alessi is dead From the 70s onward it was Ettore Alessi who invited Italian and international architects and designers to work with Alessi, including Mario Botta, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Enzo Mari, Aldo Rossi, Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Starck and Peter Zumthor, to mention only a few.
The company was founded by Giovanni Alessi in 1921; his son Carlo expanded its production of objects for the home, working with metals such as nickel silver.
Ettore, 11 years younger than his brother Carlo, started working with Alessi at the end of the second world war, introducing important technological innovations.
His most important intuition was switching from lathe work to use of a press with sheet metal, from hand craftsmanship to industrial processes and use of a new material, "stainless steel", always pursuing the essential goal of mass producing objects with craftsman-like care.

Agnese Bifulco



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