Let’s track back to celebrate this fully rounded anniversary. From the latest successes – such as the three 2020 GOOD DESIGN® Awards garnered for Doraff, Plico and Caffa – and the latest development, which saw it become the first Italian Design Factory to become a Benefit Corporation, a legal status introduced by Italy’s 2016 Stability Law for those companies that, in tandem with profit-making, pursues one or more activities for the common good, in a responsible, sustainable and transparent manner. “It seemed coherent to us with the way we operate and the way we work,” explained Alberto Alessi, President of Alessi, “a timely emphasis, as it were, in the spirit of our times.”
Alessi is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but you’d never think it. According to the company, its secret to staying so young and active is “to take the greatest care over the choice of authors during the various historical periods in which we operate.” This has informed a succession of designers such as Aldo Rossi, Ettore Sottsass, Richard Sapper, Achille Castiglioni, Michael Graves, Stefano Giovannoni, Philippe Starck, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito and Jean Nouvel, to name but a few.