The Alessi Research Centre (CSA) was set up in 1990 for two purposes: to draw up theoretical papers on topics associated with objects (to be published as books), and to coordinate work with young designers. Up until that time Alessi had only worked with “major designers”, and I felt a certain degree of responsibility towards young, upcoming designers.
Marta Sansoni, architect and designer living in Florence (Italy), graduated cum laude in architecture in 1990.
Her thesis work project “A building for worship” was published by the School of Architecture at the University of Florence and was selected to represent the Department of Architectural Design at the 1991 “Salon International de l’Architecture” in Paris. From 1990 to 1996 she has officially and continuously been a lecturer in the course of Interior Architectural Design chaired by professor Remo Buti at the University of Florence.
She participated in several national and international design exhibitions and competitions: among these, the 1990 “Memory Containers-Alessi” produced a stable partnership with Alessi (Crusinallo, VB, Italy; http://www.alessi.com) manufacture.
In the field of architecture, she has realized projects for new buildings in Florence and many projects of interior architectural design for private houses, shops, restaurants coffee shops, wine-bars and offices in Italy and abroad.
In the design area, she has realized for Alessi (http://www.alessi.com/en/1/118/marta-sansoni) two articulated families of objects (“Cactus!”, http://www.alessi.com/en/3/1588/baskets-fruit-bowls-centrepieces/cactus-fruit-holder; “Ba-Rock”, http://www.alessi.com/en/3/1920/trays/ba-rock-round-tray-with-handles) and a series of individual objects such as “Trafiore”, “Folpo”, “Tralcio Muto”, “Mateglacè”, and “Ba-Ball”.
Among publications and quotations, to be mentioned: "Alessi: the design factory" – Academy Editions (Art & Design Monographs) 1997; “Alessi: art and poetry” Fay Sweet - Watson/Guptill Pubblications – N.Y. 1998; “La Fabbrica dei Sogni”, Alessi dal 1921. Alberto Alessi – Electa; “The International Design Yearbook 1999” Laurence King Publishing – London 2001; “Designing the 21st Century” Charlotte and Peter Fiell – Taschen 2002; “Animal House” La Triennale di Milano; Collezione Permanente del Design Italiano. Charta – It.; “Marie Claire Maison” n.2 nov 2003; “Case D’Autore 2” interni italiani 1995-2002. Federico Motta Ed.– Milano; “Bagni”. Federico Motta Ed.– Milano 2004; “Negozi”. Federico Motta Ed.– Milano 2004; “Quali cosa siamo” III Triennale Design Museum – Electa 2010.
From 2007 she is a member of the Italian Design Council (Consiglio Italiano del Design, C.I.D.) that has been set up by the Italian Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (Ministry for the Arts and Cultural Activities).