Riccardo Dalisi

August 9, 2009

An architect, born in Potenza in 1931 he teaches architectural planning, Industrial design and is the director of the Institute for Industrial Design at the University of Neaples, Federico II. He was among the founders of the Global Tool group and of an experimental school of craftsmanship called Arti minime.In 1975 he started working as designer and collaborated with companies such as Baleri and Zanotta. He was awarded the Compasso d’Oro prize in 1981. He has published several books among which, L’Architettura della imprevedibilit√† (1970), La caffettiera di Pulcinella (1987), Progettare senza pensare (1998).


Dalisi has been defined by Mendini as “the mind behind design in the South of Italy” has sent us, from his city, one of the longest-running project developments in the history of Alessi. During the nine years the project lasted (1979-1987), over 200 different prototypes in tin were made. They are now housed in the Alessi Museum and are much sought-after for design exhibitions throughout the world. The project was for a small series, which aimed to recall an old-fashioned type of coffee pot which had been the household model in Italy before the arrival of the Moca or Espresso versions in the 1950s. Research into the Napoletana, which made wide use of historical, anthropological and poetic sources, is described in R. Dalisi, La caffettiera e Pulcinella (above), Alessi, 1987.



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