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Designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1906, the Rundes Modell cutlery fully respected the design guidelines of the Wiener Werkstätte, of which the designer was one of the founders: functionality and practicality together with the refined processing of the materials. In 2000 Alessi reissued a version of this historic service in 18/10 stainless steel. In 2015 Alessi unveils a new version with a reduced assortment compared with the original service: fork, knife and spoon for place settings; fork and knife for fruit; tea and mocha spoons; fish knife and fork. The place setting spoon comes in two versions: the original one with the side-on bowl, and the version with the bowl coaxial to the handle.VIEW THE COMPLETE RANGE
Prominent member of the Viennese Secession, he was born in Pirnitz-Mähren in 1870. At the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, he studied under Karl Hasenauer and Otto Wagner and until 1937 he held a course in architecture at the Kunstgewerbeschule of the Österreichisches Museum für Kunst und Industrie. In 1903, together with Kolo Moser he founded the Wiener Werkstätte. He developed his simple geometric shapes starting from the curvilinear language of the European Art Nouveau. One of his most important works was the Stoclet Palace in Brussels (1905-1911). He developed the principles of the total work of art. He died in 1956.