Alessi Tea and Coffee Towers

Kovac, T 2003, Alessi Tea and Coffee Towers, (Creative Work : Design/architecture).

Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title Alessi Tea and Coffee Towers
Author(s) Kovac, T
Year 2003
Type of work Design/architecture
Outlet Architectures Non Standard, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Dates 10 December 2003 - 1 March 2004
Medium Computer aided design; bone china & stainless steel

Originally commissioned by the innovative Italian manufacturer Alessi, Tom Kovac's towers were exhibited at Architectures Non Standard exhibition, Centre Pompidou 2003-04, curated by Frédéric Migayrou and Zeynep Mennan The towers explored design possibilities for relationships between architecture and industrial design through experimental methods and forms.


The Alessi project researches new design processes, in particular, how non-standard production techniques can create new spatial forms and systems for design. It attempts to establish a non-standard procedure for the design, fabrication and production of objects. This offers Alessi limitless production possibilities and maximum potential for creative variation. The new technological direction resists traditional categories of creative practice, encouraging a new design sensibility. The collective parts constituting each tea and coffee set are created from digital code, and carry the possibility of geometric progression and the potential to develop new design methods.


The design toured extensively in an international exhibition and was shown in the Italian pavilion of the 7th Venice Architecture Biennale and in Architectures Non Standard in Paris. Alessi, which holds the patent for the design, produced ninety-nine units of the tea and coffee towers in silver. It is also held in the permanent collection at the Alessi Museum. Davina Jackson has written extensively on Kovac's design, primarily in the book 10x10_2 published by Phaidon Press, as well as in The Australian newspaper and POL Oxygen magazine. The work was reviewed in numerous journals: Disnso Interior, I.D. Magazine and Domus. It features in the publication for Alessi's collection edited by Alessandro Mendini, and was mentioned in Leon Van Schaik's book Design City Melbourne.
Subject Architectural Design
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