More than 10,000 people visited WantedDesign
, which wrapped up on Monday in New York. A highlight among the more than 60 exhibitors was Italian design powerhouse Alessi
, which presented projects stemming from research and workshops the company has conducted in collaboration with several young designers around the world. Veteran Alessi designer Giulio Iacchetti
was on hand to showcase his new "Noè" collection of wine accessories
. The name is a nod to Noah
, the biblical patriarch. "He is not just famous for building the ark, but also for his passion for wine," says Iacchetti, who is based in Milan. "And it is said that he invented it after being the first to experiment with vine cultivation." We popped open a bottle of bubbly—with the aid of his bottle-shaped opener—and asked him seven questions.
What was the concept for the Noè set?
The inspiring concept for these objects designed to serve and preserve wine comes by a strong formal reference to existing wine imagery, so the bottle holder refers to a cluster of grapes, the Champagne stopper recalls those corks used to hermetically seal Champagne bottles, the shape of the Champagne cork opener is inspired by the outline of a bottle, and finally, the drop-stop ring is truly the engagement between us and wine!
What has distinguished your collaborations with Alessi from those with other companies?
When I think of Italian design and design companies, I think immediately of Alessi. Alessi could be really considered the “dream factory”—as Alberto Alessi
defined his company years ago—for its exceptional capability to combine real industrial productivity with the openness to collect in its catalog many different products categories. Every time I go to Crusinallo [Alessi headquarters], I personally live a life-long dream.
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