Ossidiana, the sleek mocha designed by architect Mario Trimarchi and available on Luxxdesign.com has won the prestigious Red Dot Award 2015 for high design quality. Added to Alessi’s catalogue in 2014, Ossidiana is part of Officina Alessi, the more exclusive, innovative and experimental collection by Alessi, usually marked by small batch production and limited series and designed by some of the most renown architects and designers in the world.
The concept for Ossidiana came from the early utensils created by man, the flint tips used by prehistoric men to hunt, primordial objects encapsulating functionality in its essence. The rock was slowly chiseled, the redundant parts eliminated, until the perfect shape was created. Ossidiana was born this way, the aluminium pushed and poked to achieve an ergonomic and practical shape that meets all expectations in terms of functionality, practicality and aesthetics.
Ossidiana is made in aluminium casting, with the knob and handle in thermoplastic resin, which allows opening the lid and holding without the risk of burns. The ergonomic handle is very easy to hold and follows the same faceting of the mocha.
9090, designed by Richard Sapper and the first in many of Alessi’s achievements: the first espresso maker for Alessi, their first kitchen object after the 1930s, the first of many Compasso d’Oro Awards in 1979, the first Alessi’s object to be inducted into the Permanent Design Collection at the MOMA in New York. It is also the first “amphibious object”, i.e. it is for kitchen use, but thanks to its high design it can also be brought directly to the table.
La Conica, designed by Aldo Rossi between 1980 and 1983, a strongly iconic design that earned immediate success for the then-new Officina Alessi brand, as well as becoming an 1980s design symbol.
And last but not least Neapolitan by Riccardo Dalisi, one of the most complex and lengthy in Alessi’s history: over the years it resulted in a book and over two hundred prototypes, all working. The result is the perfect blend of matter-of-fact industry with fragility and poetry: perhaps the best choice for working with ancient domestic rituals.
MARIO TRIMARCHI BIO
Born in Sicily, Mario Trimarchi has lived and worked in Milan since 1983. An architect of the “freehand” generation, he has always moved freely within the visual universe and considers drawing, photography, design and image as equal components with the same theoretical approach. Between 1994 and 1998 Trimarchi was Director of Advanced Design at the Domus Academy and from 1989 to 2000 he was part of the Olivetti Design Studio, where he worked with Michele De Lucchi. In 1999 he founded his own Corporate Identity Care studio, FRAGILE, from where he develops cutting-edge strategies aimed at making the identities of companies visible through different project approaches, from visual communication to the physical presence of architectural and product details, from logo design and packaging to interiors, displays and products.
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