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alessi’s functional design takes to the skies

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alessi for delta Alessi is taking to the skies with a new line of service products and tableware, which made its debut on Delta Air Lines flights on 1 April. Known for its innovative and unique designs, Alessi’s one-of-a-kind pieces will feature in Delta’s premium cabins, including Delta One, First Class and, in late 2017, Delta Premium Select. The Alessi for Delta products include flatware, crystal glassware, new bone china, stainless-steel serving pieces and tabletop accessories such as napkin rings and salt and pepper shakers, as well as serviceware and trays. alessi for delta ‘When you design for an airline, there are several aspects that need to be considered – and all of them are important,’ says Alberto Alessi, president of Alessi. ‘The most challenging step was finding the right balance between design and function while ensuring safety on board.’ The collection is based on popular items created and inspired by six of the 300 renowned designers for Alessi, including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola, the Campana Brothers, Stefano Giovannoni, Miriam Mirri and Kristiina Lassus. We can’t help but ask: if SAA would just do something similar with local designers, how much proudly South African fun would that be?