SG67 handheld vacuum cleaner by Stefano Giovannoni für Alessi
In the past electrical kitchen appliances were a treasured status symbol for the modern household and a symbol of progress. Nowadays, however, they are not particularly valued as gifts in that electronic kitchen products have become cheap mass-produced articles, a development which is generally also reflected in their design. In design-conscious households we therefore tend to find retro design, vintage products or functionally designed professional equipment for the catering industry.
However, where are the household appliances of today which will blend in with a modern design kitchen? We’ve been doing some research for you and have found them….
Composition ECAL-Alessi, Photo: ECAL-Julien Chavaillaz
Alexis Georgacopoulos, head of ECAL / University of Art Lausanne, presents the projects of the second year Industrial Design (BA) students created for Alessi.
Naoto Fukasawa's new 'Shiba' cookware collection for Alessi
Acclaimed Japanese product designer and master of form Naoto Fukasawa has applied his signature approach, one characterised by reduction and balance, to cookware, creating a restrained collection of pots and pans for Italian manufacturer Alessi called ‘Shiba’.
'Ovale' by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
The Paris based Bouroullec brothers recently completed this new tableware collection, designed for the Italian manufacturer Alessi. The relatively thick-walled yet elagant cups and pans are a perfect combination of classiness and tradition – “Delicate, slightly expressive, simple, almost neo-primitive” how Alberto Alessi describes it.