Alessi’s first “designer” kettle is characterized by two pitch-pipes in “E” and “B” lodged in the brass steam whistle. Inspired by the sound of the streamers and barges that ply the Rhine, the whistle is made of small devices commonly used to tune musical instruments.
Richard Sapper was born in Munich in 1932. He studied philosophy, graphic design, engineering and economics. From 1956 – 1958 he worked for Mercedes Benz until he moved to Milan, where he worked with Marco Zanuso for Brionvega. Other companies he worked for are Siemens, Fiat, Pirelli IBM and Alessi. His most famous design is the Tizio lamp for Artemide. He was a professor at the Hochschule fuer Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. He received the “Compasso d’Oro” 5 times and has almost 20 item in the permanent collection at MOMA.