The design of the Alba truffle slicer, created by Ben Van Berkel/UN Studio, draws inspiration from the twine created between the precious tuberous fungus and the root of the plant with which it lives in symbiosis. An absolutely new form for a traditional instrument. A sculptural and sophisticated object, it is yet at the same time functional and ergonomic. Made of stainless steel 18/10, the truffle slicer is created from the collaboration with the National Center of truffle studies, the International Fair of Alba truffles. The name of the object is a homage to the homonymous city.
Ben van Berkel
Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987. In 1998 Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos established a new firm: UNStudio (United Net) a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. With UNStudio he realized amongst others the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands, the faÃ§ade and interior renovation for the Galleria Department store in Seoul, the Singapore University of Technology and Design and a private villa up-state New York. Ben van Berkel has lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. He was recently awarded the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor's Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Founded in 1921 as a âWorkshop for the processing of brass and nickel silver sheet metal, with foundryâ, Alessi has always stood out for the high quality of its products. In almost a century of history, the company has gradually evolved to become one of the leading âFactories of Italian designâ, capable of applying its expertise and excellence in design management to many different product types. Open to change and international development, Alessi at the same time has a strong bond with the traditions and cultural background of its area and continues to be synonymous with handcrafted objects produced with the help of machines.
Alessigraphy: the geography of Alessi production
Since the Company's Foundation in 1921 the Majority of Alessi Products have Been Manufactured through the Cold Working of Metals, a Tradition that is Kept Alive Today by the Skilled Workers at the Crusinallo Plant in Omegna.
Over time, Alessi also began to work with many other materials, such as porcelain, glass, wood, and plastic. A specific production method was developed for each one. Even when production takes place outside the Crusinallo plant, Alessiâs guidelines ensure the companyâs original production quality standards, continuing to reconcile industrial technological complexity with an artisanal eye for detail.
The objects produced from the different materials are manufactured in various production plants across the world. They remain original Alessi objects in that they are conceived with the same design excellence and produced with the same attention to quality that sets the companyâs products apart.
Engaging People with the Wonder of the Living World
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