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This design was a small but deliberate challenge to Alessi from Sottsass, who knew the difficulties involved in working steel in squared shapes. Challenge accepted and proudly met, in a range of sizes.
Born in Innsbruck in 1917, he is known the world over as one of the initiators of the revolution in architecture and design which led away from the rigid functionalism of the years prior to and following the Second World War. A great and influential Maestro of Italian design, the energy of his language and the vitality of his colour and line contrast sharply with any intellectualism and rigidity. He dies in December 2007.