Programma 8 Condiment Set
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Design by Franco Sargiani and Eija Helander, 2005.
Condiment set: oil, vinegar, salt and pepper with stand in bakelite. In the 1970s Franco Sargiani and Eija Helander designed ?Programma 8? for Alessi. This was an organic and complete project of small, modular and compoundable household objects that were based on the same methodological philosophy of the international style of architecture of that period: the theory of metadesign of a system that was open and adapted to the free composition of an infinity of object types. The project, described in 1979 by Mendini as ?the most advanced system of household objects ever created at an international level, bar none?, is now continued and completed by adding the functions of conservation and setting the table to the original functions of cooking and serving.
Dimensions: 9" x 3" H; 9"
Model(s): 8003299914630 FS05 1X3
The Alessi company was founded by Giovanni Alessi in 1921 in Omegna, Italy. Giovanni, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and the home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. Giovanni's son Carlo, trained in industrial design, joined him at Alessi and was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s through the mid 1940s.
During the war years, Alessi produced stars for uniforms and mechanical parts for Savoia Marchetti airplanes. After the war, thanks to an enormous demand for brass ladles for the U.S. army, the Alessis expanded the company and started mass production. Carlo's brother Ettore, who joined the company in 1945, was the first to bring outside designers to the company, such as the architects Carlo Mazzeri, Luigi Massoni and Anselmo Vitale. Since that time, the range of products offered by Alessi has expanded to include such items as office accessories and electrical appliances, in collaboration with a growing range of contemporary designers such as Jasper Morrison and Philippe Starck, all the while maintaining Alessi's commitment to design and quality.
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