Founded in 1921, Alessi is one of Italy’s leading manufacturers of home accessories, collaborating with designers and architects to create functional objects that are designed to delight and often challenge preconceived notions of how an object can look. Alessi began as a producer of brass and nickel sheet metal and by the 1950s had repositioned itself as a specialist in manipulating stainless steel. By the 1970s and 1980s, Alessi was collaborating with Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Rossi, Achille Castiglioni, Michael Graves, Phillipe Starck, and Richard Sapper – creating design icons that are still produced today. Today Alessi works with hundreds of artists, industrial designers, and architects to create its core collection – flatware, dinnerware, glassware, cookware, office, clocks, watches, and virtually every type of tabletop or kitchen accessory imaginable. Supplementing its vast core offering, Alessi presents two seasonal collections every year that highlight new designers and typologies. Alessi’s designs are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Switch Modern not only shows well over 1,000 Alessi designs on our website, we also have the same commitment to stocking and presentation in our large Alessi-branded store in Atlanta.
King-Kong is a collaborative brand created in 1985 by architects Stefano Giovannoni (born 1954 in La Spezia, Italy) and Guido Venturini (born 1957 in Alfonsine, Italy). Their products are marked by a playful, cartoonish design became popular in the early 90s and figures prominently on a range of objects produced by Alessi — picture frames, wall hooks, kitchen containers, bookmarks, bowls, plates, and other tabletop accessories. Guido Venturini is a leading figure in the fields of industrial design, interior design, and architecture who has taught at both the Domus Academy and at Florence Faculty of Architecture. Stefano Giovannoni studied at Florence University and has developed a reputation for capturing public sentiment in his designs.