Bombe Teapot

Designed by:  Carlo Alessi
Manufactured by:  Alessi

Teapot in 18/10 stainless steel with handle and knob in bakelite.  Designed in 1945, this service was first produced in chrome-plated and silver-plated heavy brass, and later in stainless steel.  “The Bombé service is very much a product of the postwar sociocultural climate, and as such it's a specific phenomenon of the design and customs that are associated with the first age of Italian design, with walnut furniture, the curves of the Vespa, the Isetta bubble car, the first Arflex armchairs, and the typewriters designed by Marcello Nizzoli for Olivetti. Seen through modern eyes, it also suggests pop art and there are clear references to a “rounded” morphological history of the coffee maker, from Christopher Dresser onwards.” (Alessandro Mendini)  Manufactured by Alessi.

Designed in 1945.
9" W, 5" D, 6" H
$400.00
Designed by:  Carlo Alessi
Manufactured by:  Alessi

Teapot in 18/10 stainless steel with handle and knob in bakelite.  Designed in 1945, this service was first produced in chrome-plated and silver-plated heavy brass, and later in stainless steel.  “The Bombé service is very much a product of the postwar sociocultural climate, and as such it's a specific phenomenon of the design and customs that are associated with the first age of Italian design, with walnut furniture, the curves of the Vespa, the Isetta bubble car, the first Arflex armchairs, and the typewriters designed by Marcello Nizzoli for Olivetti. Seen through modern eyes, it also suggests pop art and there are clear references to a “rounded” morphological history of the coffee maker, from Christopher Dresser onwards.” (Alessandro Mendini)  Manufactured by Alessi.

Designed in 1945.
9" W, 5" D, 6" H
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Designed by:  Carlo Alessi
Manufactured by:  Alessi

Teapot in 18/10 stainless steel with handle and knob in bakelite.  Designed in 1945, this service was first produced in chrome-plated and silver-plated heavy brass, and later in stainless steel.  “The Bombé service is very much a product of the postwar sociocultural climate, and as such it's a specific phenomenon of the design and customs that are associated with the first age of Italian design, with walnut furniture, the curves of the Vespa, the Isetta bubble car, the first Arflex armchairs, and the typewriters designed by Marcello Nizzoli for Olivetti. Seen through modern eyes, it also suggests pop art and there are clear references to a “rounded” morphological history of the coffee maker, from Christopher Dresser onwards.” (Alessandro Mendini)  Manufactured by Alessi.

Designed in 1945.
9" W, 5" D, 6" H

Alessi

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.

Carlo Alessi

Carlo Alessi (1916 – 2009) was born in Granerolo (Verbania), Italy, and studied technical design at the OMAR institute in Novara. Starting at an early age, he worked in the namesake metal workshop established by his father in 1921. From the mid 1930s through the mid 1940s, he designed many well-known Alessi pieces including the Ottagonale, Scalini, Cilindrica, and Bombé' series. In the 1950s, he became managing director of the company bringing with him a new international dimension by beginning to collaborate with new external designers. He was president of Alessi until his death in 2009.