Metal Workshop: Cranbrook for Alessi

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This blog was created during a 2009 collaborative workshop initiated by Alessi with Cranbrook Academy of Art, the American graduate arts school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – known as the origin of America’s most famous mid-century designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll. In this project, Alessi connects with a new generation of Cranbrook artists and designers to continue a long tradition of integrating Craft with Design. A mixed group of recent graduates from the 3D Design and Metals program worked together in the metal shop for a week of studies to explore forms and techniques. The resulting experiments were later translated into product proposals for Alessi, many of which are shown here. The blog provided an open forum between the artists in America and the Alessi team in Europe. A collection of 4 Cranbrook designs are now produced by Alessi to be launched in the latter half of 2012. Stay tuned for official images of the new products in September 2012.

We invite you to scroll down to review some of the process and discussion that shaped this workshop.

— Scott Klinker, 3D Designer-in-Residence, Cranbrook Academy of Art

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