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Alessi – IN- Possible

The exhibition invites viewers for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the most important and influential design companies in the world of design.

The exhibition was presented at the Design Museum Holon between March 25, 2015, and June 6, 2015

Second Edition at the Triennale di Milano: between December 17, 2016, and January 8, 2017


“IN-Possible” offers the public a glimpse into the lesser known part of the Alessi Museum collection and reveals the inner workings of one of the leading Italian factories of design through a selection of projects that never saw the light of day.

The Alessi Museum collection, with 25,000 objects and 19,000 designs, offers a fascinating cross-section of contemporary design, a formidable perspective on the thousands of approaches to the world of design. Sketches, renderings, technical drawings, prototypes of projects that were never realised, first versions, research into new colours or finishings, prints, semi-finished products… Materials that describe the complex weave of factors involved in the creation of an industrial product. This rich and varied weave includes refined, cultural and social elements, but also practical, concrete and financial factors. It also reveals a crucial aspect: the meeting between designer and company.

An industrial design object is a collective work that emerges from a partnership between the designer on one hand and, on the other, a series of skills that – in what is often a long and laborious process – contribute to bringing the product to market. It is a meeting of talents, experiences and points of view in which the company, involved in the dialogue with the designers, acts as the “publisher of the work”.

Photo: Ben Kelmer

The exhibition invites viewers for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the most important and influential design companies in the world of design. The exhibition will be presenting for the first time more than fifty designs by some of the world’s best and most renowned designers and architects, including Philippe Starck, Zaha Hadid, Patricia Urquiola, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Ettore Sottsass, whose development process was halted before they reached the finish line. Sketches and simulations of the development stages will be presented next to each design, as well as a description of the work process from the commissioning or initiation stage to the moment the company, or the designer, chose to halt the development process and freeze the idea.

Giovanni Alessi, Carlo Alessi, Alessi Technical Department, Silvio Coppola, Aldo Rossi, Hans Hollein, Ettore Sottsass, Richard Meier, Denis Santachiara, Achille Castiglioni, Andrea Branzi, Philippe Starck, Defne Koz, Luigi Fiorentino, Morris Lapidus, Miriam Mirri, Claudia Raimondo, Satyendra Pakhalé, Acconci Studio (V.A., Stephen Roe, Peter Dorsey, Dario Nunez, Larry Sassi, Gia Wolff), Greg Lynn-FORM, Tom Kovac, Future Systems, Alessandro Mendini, Zaha Hadid, Patricia Urquiola, Elena Manferdini, Hani Rashid, Gabriele Chiave, Harri Koskinen, Dror Benshetrit, Gary Chang, Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, Scott Henderson, Marcel Wanders, Giovanni Alessi Anghini, Lluís Clotet, Abi Alice, Giulio Iacchetti, Jakob Wagner, Chiara Moreschi, Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, matali crasset, Campana brothers, Pentagon Design, Mario Trimarchi, Giovanni Levanti, Andrea Morgante, Toyo Ito, TAGMI – Danilo Leonardi and Valentina Antinori, Mimmo Paladino

* This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Museo Alessi.
* The objects in this exhibition will be presented on a specially designed display by Caesarstone in collaboration with the Museum.