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.