Alessi is an iconic name when it comes to modern home accessory design. From a variety of decorative accessories for the tabletop to a very well known teapot design and everything in between, Alessi boasts a rich catalog of products we love from noteworthy designers including Michael Graves, Alessandro Mendini, Philippe Starck and more. In today’s Fave 5, we wanted to highlight our five favorite products from the Italian design factory.
Kettle With Bird Whistle by Michael Graves
Calling it a design icon does not do the Michael Graves tea kettle justice. Designed in 1985 by Michael Graves, this kettle has been a top seller for Alessi since its inception. It features a youthful design with a stainless steel pot and bird spout that whistles when water has come to a boil. Although it is an icon among design enthusiasts, it is also a completely functional tea kettle and well reviewed by people who own it. It’s available in black, blue or super white and is part of the Michael Graves collection for Alessi.
Kastor Pencil Sharpener by Rodrigo Torres
The Kastor Pencil Sharpener by Rodrigo Torres for Alessi is a unique accessory that is perfect for the modern office. Named for the French word for “beaver”, Kastor is a fun pencil sharpener complete with eyes, paws and a tail and it is ready to gnaw away at your pencils. If you prefer to use pens in your office setting, Kastor can also act as a decorative paperweight.
Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer by Philippe Stark
Philippe Starck is a household name when it comes to modern design and has created products for the best names in design including Alessi, Kartell and Flos. Among his contributions to Alessi is the Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer, a handheld tool for creating fresh-squeezed juice while also establishing its presence as a contemporary piece of your kitchen’s decor. It was originally designed in 1990 and has since become a staple of the Alessi collection.
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Anna G. Corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini
We couldn’t mention Alessi without talking about Alessandro Mendini’s contributions to the brand. This iconic, award-winning designer for Alessi is behind the complete Anna G. collection of modern kitchen accessories, as well as the Alessi Parrot Corkscrew and the Alessi Moka Stovetop Espresso. The Anna Gong collection from Mendini is said to be inspired by his girlfriend at the time of each piece’s inception and as a result, a clearly defined face is found in each product of the collection. Aside from its fun and colorful design, the Anna G. Corkscrew makes opening a bottle of wine easier than you could imagine.
Blow Up Basket by Fratelli Campana
The Blow Up Basket by Fratelli Campana for Alessi is another favorite of ours that can be found in contemporary spaces all over the world. This recognizable basket is made from multiple hand-welded stainless steel rods into an accessory piece that is perfect as a tabletop centerpiece or fruit holder. It’s part of a larger family of products from the Campana Brothers that also includes a mirror, clock, table, umbrella stand, magazine holder and floor mat.
All accessories by the Italian design factory are on sale now through Tuesday, 5/26. Shop the complete collection from Alessi here.