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Forma for Alessi by Zaha Hadid Architects

Alessi’s 2017 Spring/Summer Collection introduces a wide variety of projects including works of tabletop architecture and many exciting projects by new designers working with Alessi for the first time. Cementing its reputation as a company that nurtures young talent, the new collection once again highlights the role of Alessi’s research laboratory in the field of applied arts.

Forma for Alessi by Zaha Hadid Architects
© Leonardo Scotti

A group of star architects and young designers illuminate this latest collection with designs from Sakura Adachi, Ben van Berkel/UNStudio, BGR (Manuela Busetti, Andrea Garuti and Matteo Redaelli), Michel Boucquillon and Donia Maaoui, Adam Cornish, Michele De Lucchi, Naoto Fukasawa, Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, Stefano Giovannoni, Adam Goodrum, Frederic Gooris, Zaha Hadid, Giulio Iacchetti, Daniel Libeskind, Miriam Mirri, Gabriele Rosa, Valerio Sommella, Titus Wybenga.

Many of the items presented are crafted from stainless steel at Alessi’s factory in Crusinallo di Omegna. In addition to this material – which is undoubtedly the company’s specialty – the new collection also experiments with previously unexplored metals including titanium, as well as a welcome return to plastic.

Forma for Alessi by Zaha Hadid Architects
© Mike De Pasquale

Joining the new collection is the Forma Grater, the last product designed for Alessi by the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, before her death in March, 2016. Like many of her architectural works, the grater is inspired by natural forms that have been smoothed over time by water and by the wind.

Consisting of two elements – a sculptural black base holding a mirror-polished stainless steel grater – ‘Forma’ has an ergonomic shape designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Extremely easy to handle, its metal surface also features a unique hole pattern.

Forma for Alessi by Zaha Hadid Architects
© Alessandro Milani

“Forma” perfectly represents the 2004 Pritzker Prize winner’s visionary design, which absorbed ideas from the visual arts and processed them into small, tabletop works of architecture.

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