MU Cutlery Set by Toyo Ito wins gia Award for Best Collection

“Alessi has earned a 2013 International Housewares Association (IHA) Global Innovator Award (gia) for its newly introduced ‘MU’ Cutlery set designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. The collection was recognized for Best Collection Design – Global Honoree, with three collections selected as finalists and only one product emerging as a winner.

The Japanese architect Toyo Ito continues to build his family of objects for the mise-enplace of the table. The fluid shapes of the delicate ‘KU’ porcelain service, designed in 2006, are now complemented by the ‘MU’ Cutlery set, which means ‘hexagon’ in Japanese. The hexagonal section of the handle is created using a mold and the intricate manufacturing process involves various stages. The precision of the slim, full handle is reminiscent of the shape of Oriental chopsticks and contrasts with the rounded profiles of the spoons and the knife blades. The ‘MU’ table service includes Table spoon, Table fork and Table knife, Dessert spoon, Dessert fork, Dessert knife, Pastry fork, Tea spoon, Coffee spoon and Mocha coffee spoon. The range also features four types of serving cutlery: Salad set, Ladle, Cake server, Serving spoon and fork.

Ito was recently announced as the 2013 Pritzker Architecture prize laureate. Described by the Pritzker jury as ‘a professional of unique talent,’ Toyo Ito will receive the most coveted prize in the architecture world in a formal ceremony on May 29th. The international prize is awarded annually to a living architect for significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

The Global Innovation Award (gia) is the leading housewares industry awards program, covering the industry as a whole, both retailers and manufacturers/designers, worldwide. Since the inception of the gia program in 1999, there have been over 220 gia retail award winners, from over 30 countries. Honoring housewares design excellence, the gia design award was introduced in 2011. Winners were announced on Monday, March 4, 2013 in a special ceremony in the Discover Design area of the International Home + Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.” alessi3


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