For more than 90 years, Alessi has created a line of household goods that are born somewhere between manufacturing and art. Known as the “Italian design factory,” Alessi collaborates with a bevy of celebrated designers to create products that range from clever and modern to sleek and formal. The Alessi catalog spans hundreds of products, including memorable pieces from Philippe Starck, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, Achille Castiglioni and a long list of others that reads like a who’s who in modern design.
This year, Alessi is celebrating a collection of its most widely recognized pieces that have made a name for themselves in the contemporary scene. The “Super and Popular” collection is just that—a curated group of the best of the the best from Alessi. These few dozen product represent the company’s history in design, re-celebrating them down to the specially redesigned packaging that highlights the product and designer’s history.
Here’s a look at a few of our favorites from the collection. Don’t miss the Alessi Spring Sale on now thru May 26!
Kettle with Bird Whistle by Michael Graves
In the 1980s, Alessi’s Kettle with Bird Whistle became the first product in the line to be created by an American designer. It’s also Alessi’s most popular product, having sold over two million units worldwide. The design is a mix of classical and pop influences, and the whistling bird is just bewitching enough to fit right in with the playfulness found in Alessi’s line of goods. The Kettle with Bird Whistle is part of a number of permanent museum collections, including the London Design Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck
A little reminiscent of an other-worldly creature, Philippe Starck’s Juicy Salif is one of the icons of design in the 1990s. The unconventional design earned it a spot in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York’s MoMA, and a number of other collections around the globe. Although its fully functional as a citrus squeezer, its intriguing physique makes it a display-worthy piece for the kitchen.
Anna G. Corkscrew
It could be argued that no one pulls off anthropomorphic design as well as Mr. Alessandro Mendini. The designer is a big fan of using the human figure and face in his design, taking portraiture from art to an architectural level of design. His Anna G. Corkscrew for Alessi is a 1994 design, with a strong cult following thanks to her quirky and easy-to-recognize silhouette. Anna’s success even led Mendini to bring a number of other “characters” to his Alessi collection, such as Alessandro M. Corkscrew and the Parrot Sommelier.
Check out the full Super and Popular Collection from Alessi right here.