Alessi amps up design in Georgetown

Photo by Judith Beermann
Alessio Alessi, Deborah Kalkstein and Paolo Cravedi
Alessio Alessi, Deborah Kalkstein and Paolo Cravedi
Best known for its iconic household objects, Italy’s leading design company, Alessi, opened its stylish doors in Cady’s Alley Thursday, for the grand opening of its newest (and first Washington) store.

On hand to welcome design-savvy guests were CEO of Alessi S.p.a., Alessio Alessi and Paolo Cravedi, along with Georgetown store owner Deborah Kalkstein (founder and creative force behind nearby Contemporaria).
Deborah Kalkstein and Alessio Alessi (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Deborah Kalkstein and Alessio Alessi

With whimsical and functional kitchen and tableware objects, many in the permanent collections of  the world's great museums, the new showroom houses objects from over 200 designers and architects that communicate with people "and also make you smile,” Alessi said.
Blank wall clock by Marti Guixe (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Blank wall clock by Marti Guixe

Marti Guixe includes a pen for customizing hours with his blank white 2010 wall clock.
Alessio with miniature Ettore Sottsass condiment set (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Alessio with miniature Ettore Sottsass condiment set

After a brief history of the family design business established in 1921 by his talented metal craftsman grandfather Giovanni, Alessi introduced some of the new product lines that extend beyond the kitchen, from phones, to textiles, pens, bathroom accessories and even an Alessi-designed  Fiat.
Perusing the collection (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Perusing the collection

Anthony Lanier, Philippe Lanier, Enrique Norten, Alessio Alessi (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Anthony Lanier, Philippe Lanier, Enrique Norten, Alessio Alessi

With Prosecco in hand, guests moved next door to L2 Lounge to enjoy cocktails. Eastbanc President Anthony Lanier and son Philippe introduced Mexican architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectus to Alessi. 
Jennifer Altemus and Keith Lipert (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Altemus and Keith Lipert

Citizens Association of Georgetown President Jennifer Altemus chats with Keith Lipert of Keith Lipert Gallery.
Nancy Pearlstein, Robin Givhan, Casey Griffith, Philippe Lanier (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nancy Pearlstein, Robin Givhan, Casey Griffith, Philippe Lanier

Washington Post fashion editor Robin Givhan and Relish owner, Nancy Pearlstein discuss design with Casey Griffith and Philippe Lanier.
Zak and Harris Lokmanhakim (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Zak and Harris Lokmanhakim


Alessi D.C. open for business (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Alessi D.C. open for business

Alessi D.C. is located at 3319A Cady's Alley.