That flat-black finish that has become so popular on Alessi’s products is also one of the options for the Lovely Breeze centrepiece, by Japanese designer Sakura Adachi. Tipped on its side, the laser-cut stainless steel piece holds fruit or sweets, but when the contents are removed, a weight in the rounded base slowly brings the leaf-inspired surface upright, with sifting particles inside whispering a gentle sound reminiscent of wind rushing through the leaves on a tree.
Ben van Berkel and his firm UNStudio introduced Giro, a new flatware set that recalls the architect’s previous collaboration with Alessi: the Ribbon wine rack. Applying UNStudio’s signature “architectural twist”- often seen in the firm’s buildings – to each piece results in a surprisingly ergonomic handle. In 18/10 polished stainless steel, the line includes a full complement of serving utensils.
Forma is one of two projects that Zaha Hadid had in the works with Alessi before her untimely death last year, and the only one we can expect to see realized. While the technical complications of the other piece were too great to overcome, this cheese grater, with its irregularly patterned grating surface, is a testament to the brand’s manufacturing capabilities. The grater sits in a curvaceous base that is reminiscent of the architect’s buildings, while the tool itself evokes a smooth sea stone that tucks comfortably into the palm.
Dutch designer Titus Wybenga encourages us to take a little time for ourselves with T-Timepiece. This tea infuser, which mimics a classic pocket watch, is the result of a workshop collaboration with Dutch university TU Delft. It joins Alessi’s Objets-Bijoux collection of small, functional objects intended for everyday use.