Il Conico Tea Kettle
Italy, 1986
Aldo Rossi

Stainless steel
8½ × 8”

Aldo Rossi (1931—1997) was an Italian designer and architect who achieved international recognition as a theorist, author, artist, teacher, designer, and architect. Rossi was the first Italian architect to receive the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1990.

In terms of product design, the same distinctive independence of Rossi’s buildings is very much reflected in the micro-architectures of the products he designed. Among his product designs are the iconic Parigi chair for Unifor (1980), made out of an exposed black aluminum frame in which two aluminum curved sections act as the arm rests and the front legs; in collaboration with Luca Meda, the Teatro chairs for Molteni, originally designed for the Carlo Felice theater in Genova (1983); the Carteggio chest of drawers for Moletni (1987); and a series of designs for Alessi such as stainless steel cafetières (mostly expresso and french press coffee makers) such as La Cupola (1988), the tea kettle Il Conico, and the Prometeo floor lamp (1988). —Casati Gallery

Il conico is a kettle in stainless steel 18/10, designed by Aldo Rossi and produced by Alessi immediately after "La conica", the coffee maker of the same designer with the same style. The analogy between the kettle's shape and its name is not hard to observe: the cones, a constant presence in many of Rossi's architectural designs, have been finally transformed into real objects that can be touched and used, imposing them as icons, inevitable in every kitchen of design. —Alessi

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