The Alessi Museum, located just outside Milan, can be described as a factory of Italian design somewhere between manufacturing and art. It offers a valuable overview of the history of design by a wide range of objects collected from all over the world.
The Alessi Museum was founded in 1998 and presents a collection of prototypes, printed material, design work and drawings. There are also many prints, designer layouts, historical images, magazines and books. Theres are in total 14,000 drawings and 20,000 photographs at the museum. Also noteworthy are the cabinets and the 17,000 objects that they contain.
The collection includes many highly successful products: the “Bombè” teapot designed by Carlo Alessi in 1945, the “9090” espresso coffee maker designed by Richard Sapper (the first company piece to be included in the New York MoMA’s permanent collection) and the fruit bowl-colander by Achille Castiglioni.
The museum can be visited by appointment only, and arrangements should be made as far in advance as possible. Visits are always with a guide, and the descriptions can be provided in Italian or English. The museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.