Alessio Gianotti: from Sottsass to Kossi Aguessy, interview with the designer of Ivrea


The professional path of each designer comes from a series of circumstances and occasions inevitably linked to his personal history. Alessio Gianotti is a young designer from Ivrea, city of the red brick factory, the Olivetti, the company that has made the history of innovation and Italian design.
We already met Alessio for Anaconda, the intriguing modular vase of exotic inspiration. Today, in addition of design and design issues, we will discover how the designer interprets his approach to creativity.

How was your passion for design born, Alessio? What is your story as a designer?

Coming from Ivrea, Olivetti and the information technology’s city, I have already grown up in an environment that I would call fertile for creativity. But the real love at first sight was in the summer of the last year of high school, when, renovating the house, I found myself surrounded by magazines related to the field of interior design and product design. I was fascinated by that world and I decided to study at the Polytechnic of Turin, graduating first in Industrial Design and then in Ecodesign. And this is how my adventure has started.

Ivrea must surely have been a source of inspiration and a strong creative stimulus, but what do you really love about the design world?  

I am fascinated by all aspects related to creativity and design: painting, music, cinema, architecture, graphics and so on. They are all separate aspects but linked by the same passion for creation, by the same desire to translate emotions into objects. I like to turn an idea into something that can improve everyday life.

Apart from the creative cradle that matured your dedication to creativity, can you give me some names from which you like to take inspiration or which you admire particularly?

If I had to pick one, it would be Kossi Aguessy, a designer I had the fortune to meet and who has always fascinated me for the combination of simplicity and elegance of his creations.

Kossi Aguessy designer

Then I can not fail to mention Mies van der Rohe for his disruptive minimalism in both industrial and architectural design.

Mies van der Rohe with his Barcelona armchair

Finally, a contemporary name, Nendo design studio, I really appreciate the work they do.

Nendo studio chair

Which historical icon of design are you particularly attached to?

I think I’m biased in this case. Coming from Ivrea, it could only be the Olivetti product to which most of all are fond of. I’m speaking of  “Valentine“, the typewriter by Ettore Sottsass which I consider wonderful for several reasons: from the portability of the entire camera body, inserted in its red case, to the transgression of the features compared to those of the past (remember that it came out on the market at end of the 60s), up to the general innovation that this product has given to the world of typewriters.

"Valentine" by Ettore Sottsass

Do you have a particular desire related to your profession?


The greatest desire is definitely to continue doing what I love and see my ideas realized in a concrete way, in the form of products and environments. It is priceless to know that something you have created can please someone so much to the point of seeing it become an integral part of his daily life.

Alessio Gianotti with his Anaconda vase
Detail of Anaconda vase


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