Question: Is design a luxury?
Alessi: Depends from what you think is a luxury. Design, for me, for all the Italian design factories phenomenon, is a new and very contemporary form of art and poetry. Then, is art and poetry a luxury? I leave to you the question.
Question: How do you balance functionality with art?
Alessi: It depends very much from the area where you are working in. For example, my personal job in my work, I am dealing with the objects that are hundreds of years old, if not millenary sold. If you think how old this bowl or a cup or a pot, thousand years old, that means that almost all the functional matters have been… have found their solution. And this space, which is left, is still a space related to the emotions, not so much to the function. You cannot invent so much in my field.