At the end of 2012, Miami Design Center brings to us a mix of design, art and fashion.
One of the top events this year is the exhibition “Cranbrook for Alessi”, a collaboration between Italian manufacturer Alessi and Cranbrook Academy of Art, the American graduate arts school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – known as the origin of America’s most famous mid-century designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll.
In this project, Alessi connects with a new generation of Cranbrook artists and designers to continue a long tradition of integrating Craft with Design. The 2009 workshop brought artists and designers – recent graduates from the 3D Design and Metals program – to work together in the metalsmithing studio for a week of material investigations to explore metal forms and techniques. The workshop likes to assume itself like a research laboratory in the applied arts, as an artistic mediator between design on one side and the market on the other, with the purpose to understand what kind of cultural background could provide to today’s design aesthetic.
The resulting experiments were translated into product proposals for Alessi, four of these works will be shown along with original prototypes. All will be encases in a exclusive display creted by the co-director of the workshop and Cranbrook 3D Designer-in-Residence, Scott Klinker.
With a vast product line that includes everything from an iconic, whistling teakettle to a designer flyswatter, the Italian design company Alessi, founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi, has long been at the forefront of innovative and inspired product design. The company has created a dynasty out of not only offering products geared towards the mainstream – serving trays and everyday cutlery among them – but by also creating some of the most celebrated cult objects of our time.
The exhibition will open on December 4th and it runs until December 31st, 2012.