Alberto Alessi receives Design Excellence Award.


Collab Award
Alberto Alessi, who is the president of Alessi S.p.A., will be honored tomorrow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Collab’s distinguished Design Excellence Award. On Sunday, November 21, the museum will open its exhibit “Alessi: Ethical and Radical.” Alberto’s grandfather, Giovanni Alessi, founded the family-owned and operated company in 1921 near Lake Orta in the foothills of the Italian Alps, an area known for highly developed craft traditions in wood and metal. In the 1950s, under the leadership of Carlo Alessi (Alberto’s father), the company began to commission products from outside designers, and it was through this strategy that Alberto Alessi brought the company to the forefront of international design.