ESSENTIAL AND ARCHETYPAL: THE WIRE BASKET
A true industrial archetype of metal household items, wire baskets are amongst the oldest of Alessi’s products that are still in production. Designed by the internal Technical office, they are a fine example of collective design work, which have survived the many fashions and many moods of the market. Entirely produced in Italy in the Crusinallo factory, their success continues unabated all over the world.
In the second half of the 1940s, Alessi developed a group of objects, born from the technological research on bent metal wire. Alessandro Mendini describes these objects as 'ambivalent', designed for the needs of hotel service, and excellent for private use and as gifts. After more than 70 years, these baskets have stood the test of time thanks to their very basic approach and their dynamism in adapting both to a special table setting and to the everyday table.