You may have been busy thinking about the Oscars last month, but there was a different kind of award that was given out in the design world – The European Prize for Architecture. This prestigious award is given out each year and is intended to recognize “influential architects that have changed and challenged the direction of contemporary architecture today and who have blazoned a more humane and intellectual approach to architecture.”
On February 15, the 2014 European Prize for Architecture was awarded to one of our personal favorites – Alessandro Mendini.
Aside from being an award-winning designer, Alessandro Mendini is an Italian architect, philosopher, architectural theorist, visionary and a principle designer for the accessory brand, Alessi.
Mendini’s award is attributed to his sophisticated designs for Alessi including his Parrot Corkscrew, Anna Gong Cake Stand, Luna Watch and Moka Alessi Stovetop Espresso.
Check out these award-winning designs by Alessandro Mendini:
The Parrot Sommelier Corkscrew features cast aluminum and plastic material and is hand-decorated. It is available in Black, Blue, Green or a Multi-Color design.
Give the Parrot Corkscrew a home with your other kitchen accessories today.
This corkscrew is the best! It’s a double pull, which means you can screw it in all the way and still reach the rim of the bottle. But its best feature is the slight curvature of the first pull stop. This keeps the metal of the corkscrew from chipping the edge of the bottle. Very clean, simple design.
These corkscrews are beautifully made and are designed as works of ART.
Anna G. Folding Cake Stand
The Anna G. collection is a favorite at Lumens and it is no wonder why it is worthy of a contemporary design award. The Anna Gong Folding Cake Stand is Mendini’s tribute to its predecessor and Alessi’s best-seller in the 1960s, the art.898 Cake Stand.
Similar to its predecessor, the Anna G. Folding Cake Stand folds into either a table-top sculpture as a design piece or becomes a functional, multi-tier cake stand when opened. When folded, the cake stand resembles the familiar Anna Gong face we’re used to.
The Luna Watch, named after the moon, is a simplistically modern design from Alessandro Mendini that is meant to express the calm roundness and silent mystery of the moon.
“This moon-watch, with its images of calm roundness, inspires a peaceful and astral reading and a tranquil progression of time, days, nights and seasons.” – Alessandro Mendini
The steel version of the Luna takes the next step of this concept as its silver finish is similar to that of the moon.
Add a sense of tranquility to the precision of your daily timekeeping with the Alessi Luna Watch.
Moka Alessi Stovetop Espresso
The Moka Alessi Stovetop Espresso is a successful tribute to the Moka Express, the popular Italian espresso coffee maker designed by Alfonso Bialetti in 1930. Mendini’s rendition of the classic Alessi espresso maker retains the original espresso maker’s intimate dimensions with a modern update to fit today’s kitchen accessory aesthetics.
It is designed for use with gas or electric stoves and is available in three different sizes to accommodate your needs.
The style of the Alessi Moka stovetop espresso maker is unique and rivals the classic espresso maker style. The simple Italian design has been freshened like all Alessi products and is one I like seeing on my stovetop. Practical as well and used every day. Price is a little high, but I am happy with it.