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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.
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. Alberto Alessi
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.