Alessi Goes Digital
12-15 April 2016 12-5pm, 14 April 12pm-9pm
Studio Giulio Iacchetti, Viale Tibaldi, 10, 20136, Milano
One exhibition we highly recommend seeing at Milan Design Week is Alessi Goes Digital.
For Salone del Mobile 2016, Alessi has supported Studio Giulio Iacchetti and helped to reinvent the everyday, using the latest cutting-edge 3D printing technology.
What started in 2013 with an email from Giulio Iacchetti to a group of designers briefing them to design a pen that would be created using 3D printing, has culminated in the ‘Alessi Goes Digital’ exhibition taking place at Studio Iacchetti in Milan from 12-15 April 2016.
The six pens have very different characteristics but they all share the same internal refill. Pen No.1, by Marco Ferreri, has a micro-ribbed texture that provides a firm grip for the user. No.2, created by Alessandro Gnocchi, simplifies the pen entirely, creating a more basic mechanism and includes a lid that covers the body of the pen like a case. No.3, by Giulio Iacchetti himself, does not include a lid but, instead has a mechanism that allows the tip of the refill to entirely rotate into the body of the pen. No.4, by Chiara Moreschi, features a tapered, twisting, cylindrical body that transforms at the tip into a two-dimensional surface. Mario Scairato’s No.5, includes a lid with a curved shape and circular undercut, that creates a slender pocket clip. Finally, No.6 by Alessandro Stabile has a double helical overlay over the body of the pen that culminates in a spiral grip with screw lid. The empty space between the body of the pen and the overlay reduces the material used and makes the pen lighter. The six pens are a testament to what can be achieved through passion, innovation and shared project goals.