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The delicate "CACTUS!" hole motif has graced a particularly pleasing and successful series of products and it has become one of Alessi's iconic patterns, symbolising its mastery of laser-cut steel.
Born in Bergamo, Italy, Laura Polinoro graduated in Drama Art and Music Studies in Bologna. Her first job was in the field of contemporary dance as art director and costume and set designer. Later she undertook research at the Domus Academy in Milan. From 1990 to 1998 she was in charge of the Centro Studi Alessi, where she operated as meta-project designer and art director, coordinating workshops both in-house and in association with various universities and design institutes the world over. She was also involved in publishing and communications activities. Items which entered production in that period are identified with the acronym “CSA”. Since 2004 products overseen by Ms. Polinoro have been identified with the letters "LPWK"
Marta Sansoni, an architect and designer living in Florence (Italy), graduated 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 at the University of Florence. She participated in several national and international design exhibitions and competitions: among these, the 1990 “Memory Containers” with Alessi. 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 two articulated families of objects (“Cactus!”, “Ba-Rock) and a series of individual objects.