6 Cool New Objects From One of Modern Design's Oldest Powerhouses

Alessi can't stop, won't stop producing homewares at a seriously rapid clip. The Italian brand has been around since 1921; over the years, its exclusive focus on metal goods has expanded to include glass, plastic, rattan, and even a kind of concrete, and every season the company works with big name and up-and-comers… » 8/19/14 9:00am 8/19/14 9:00am

Attractive Sunglasses Snap Together With Magnets, Not Screws

Sick of all those times when a screw comes loose on your favorite frames and there’s not an itty-bitty repair kit in sight? Feast your eyes on the Alessi’s new Kompas collection, a series of stylish glasses that hinge with no-fuss magnetic inserts, eliminating the need for spare parts or tightening over time. » 11/04/13 5:00pm 11/04/13 5:00pm

The Most Stunning Way To Start a Fire Since Lightning

The simple form and function of a Zippo lighter has made it an incredibly iconic design. But it could soon be supplanted by Alessi if the Italian houseware manufacturer prices its new Sushi lighter to compete with the Zippo. That, or convince a Hollywood producer to have an action hero prominently use it in an… » 5/17/13 4:40pm 5/17/13 4:40pm

This Stunning Steel Centerpiece Is Made from the Mountain It's Modeled…

Tucked amidst the Mont Blanc Mountain Range, the picturesque Aosta Valley is among the most pristine places on Earth. But rather than trek all the way to the Italian Alps, you can gaze upon the region's natural beauty through this 1:2193 scale stainless steel serving tray from Alessi. » 2/26/13 6:40pm 2/26/13 6:40pm

Duck Doesn't Have To Be On the Menu To Use This Adorable Kitchen Timer

Even if you're roasting a chicken, or just heating up a can of beans over an oil bin fire, it's ok to use this adorable duck-shaped kitchen timer that Finnish designer Eero Aarnio created for Alessi. It's a humorous take on the traditional egg timer that hints at the longtime chicken vs. egg debate. » 2/06/13 4:00pm 2/06/13 4:00pm

Who'd Have Thought You'd Ever Lust After a Tape Dispenser?

It's not often something as mundane as a tape dispenser is worth a second glance. But then again, most of the office supplies on your desk weren't created by one of Alessi's talented designers. The Filo is as minimal as tape dispensers can get, and that's what makes it beautiful. » 10/26/12 4:40pm 10/26/12 4:40pm

Alessi's LED Light Bulbs Don't Need No Stinking Lampshade Covering Them…

I love that you don't need to hide Alessi's first range of LED lightbulbs under a lampshade—in fact, they are the lampshades when screwed into Giovanni Alessi Anghini and Gabriele Chiave's Lumière desk lamp. The AlessiLux collection has several different bulbs to choose from—isn't the green U2Mi2 robot bulb… » 4/25/11 8:40am 4/25/11 8:40am

Gifts for Those Perpetually Covered in Cat Hair

Don't let the name of this gift guide put you off—I haven't chosen 100 variations on the humble vacuum cleaner. Instead, there's seven smart, useful and stylish presents for the cat-lovers amongst us. Don't hide—I can see you. » 12/11/10 2:00pm 12/11/10 2:00pm

If Alessi Made Cellphones...

They'd look something like this. The fun homewares brand teamed up with Japanese designer iida, along with Stefano Giovannoni, Marcel Wanders and Patricia Urquiola, to reimagine the cellphone in ways not seen before. They're quirky, but pretty cute. » 11/05/10 6:20am 11/05/10 6:20am

Alessi Silver Tea & Coffee Tower May Contain a Robot Voiced by Paul…

Far be it from me, a blogger with only the most perfunctory grasp of the English language to criticize a legitimate artist, but $30,000 for a tea pot? The Earl Grey within better literally send me to the stars. » 11/29/09 8:00pm 11/29/09 8:00pm