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Designed in 1878 by Christopher Dresser, one of the most radical and prolific designers of the 19th century as well as an influential writer on the decorative arts. Deeply dissatisfied by the expressions of English design, he emphasised the importance of functionality, simplicity and mechanical ability, convinced that industrial and scientific progress would lead to a completely new artistic style. In particular, he promoted a rational and scientific attitude to design which was based on the use of good, cheap materials combined with an essential decoration. He was one of the first designers with a professional background in production using machinery, and he could be said to be Europe's first industrial designer. Although much original documentation has been lost or destroyed over time, Alessi has reissued some of Dresser's table service designs. The project has resulted in a deeper knowledge of Dresser, who was the true precursor of the age of design for modern industry.
Ilustre botánico inglés y estudioso de las artes decorativas, ha sido probablemente el primer diseñador industrial, en la acepción moderna de la palabra. Ha diseñado objetos artesanales de gran audacia expresiva, pero también una variada gama de artículos para la casa, como papel de decoración para muebles, objetos de metal, cerámicas, cristal y tejidos.