"Alessi, founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi, has long been at the forefront of innovative and inspired product design ever since. The company has created a dynasty out of not only offering products geared towards the mainstream but by also creating some of the most celebrated cult objects of our time. One of Alessi’s features today is the ability to reconcile its typically industrial needs with its tendency to consider itself more as a 'research laboratory in the field of the applied arts' than an industry in the conventional sense."