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The design of this coffee maker was one of the most complex and lengthy in Alessi's history: over the years it resulted in a book and over two hundred prototypes, all working. Riccardo Dalisi brought his conceptual experience of high craftsmanship to Alessi, blending matter-of-fact industry with fragility and poetry: perhaps the best choice for working with ancient domestic rituals.
Architect, born in Potenza in 1931 he teaches architectural planning, Industrial design and is the director of the Institute for Industrial Design at the University of Neaples, Federico II. He was among the founders of the Global Tool group and of an experimental school of craftsmanship called Arti minime.In 1975 he started working as designer and collaborated with companies such as Baleri and Zanotta. He was awarded the Compasso d'Oro prize in 1981. He has published several books among which, L'Architettura della imprevedibilità (1970), La caffettiera di Pulcinella (1987), Progettare senza pensare (1998).