Grumello del Monte / Italy

Alias is an Italian brand that wrote a crucial page in the history of Italian design, by exporting the quality of the Made in Italy across the five continents. Alias saw the light in Grumello del Monte, in Bergamo area, in 1979 at the initiative of a group of young designers, among whom Enrico Baleri, Carlo Forcolini and Giandomenico Belotti. Alias philosophy is grounded in three capital principles, correlated with one another and namely innovation, transversality and technological lightness. Such values have brought Alias from being a small business specialized in the manufacturing of home furnishing and items, to rapidly gaining a seat next to the world leaders in this sector. The concept of innovation takes shape in the collaboration with internationally renowned designers, the technological orientation and the use of ever new, top-quality materials. Versatility is another cornerstone of this company and runs across all collections; essential and able to make a statement and to blend into any kind of setting from residential to contract and even in the outdoor. A top-notch, tirelessly evolving production, able to adapt to the changing needs of contemporary living and working habits. Last, technological lightness translates into a sturdy production process, where products are made on a zero-kilometer basis, using suppliers located within a 50-kilometer radius of the Grumello del Monte location. Such project and technological choices, together with the image of the brand and a targeted marketing strategy, have enabled Alias products to become real quality passepartout and to gain success at a global scale.

Design seats and upholstery: Alias icons

Alias distinguished itself already in its early days in 1979, the year when Giandomenico Belotti’s Spaghetti chair was created to then feature in the permanent MoMA collection in New York. In 1982, the great master Mario Botta signed for Alias the Seconda-602 Chair and the Tonda 614, today in the catalog as part of the Botta collection. Towards the end of the ‘80s, the collaboration with Alberto Meda was set off. The Frame chair opened the series of seating solutions that have enriched the Frame collection up until 2015. This production grows to embrace timeless pieces, the emblems of quality and excellence. Among those, Riccardo Blumer’s Laleggera chair was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1998. In 2011 Alias brought new products to the Salone del Mobile, the Tagliatelle stackable seating by Jasper Morrison and the Pearson Lloyd’s Eleven upholstery. The latter stands for a fully-fledged modular, versatile and practical system thought for the comfort of people who are in transit or waiting in public spaces. The Salone del Mobile set-up designed by the architects Stauffacher and Sanguineti received the Honorable Mention of the XXIII Compasso d’Oro prize. In 2019 Atelier Oï joined Alias and authored the E la nave va sofa. The structure is made of visible slats inspired from boat hulls, that bear the cushions on the backrest. In the same year, Michele De Lucchi designed the Trigono collection, featuring the Trigono D-10 armchair and the two to three seats Trigono Sofa 2 and Trigono Sofa 3.

Alias solutions for the outdoor and contract

Not only Alias furnishes the most exclusive residences in the world, but it does so also with public spaces and the outdoor. Commercial spaces, waiting rooms, conference rooms and auditoriums, offices, libraries, hotels, bars, restaurants, night clubs, sports equipments and much more. It is right within such contexts that the functionality and beauty of Alias products are expressed at their fullest. A beauty that is recognizable thanks to the simple and light lines and the neat and rigorous design, the outcome of aesthetic research mingling with technological innovation. Next to the already mentioned Eleven system, it is worth to mention the Flexus upholstered pieces by Paolo Rizzatto and the furniture system completed by Patrick Norguet’s Koby seats. The Landscape collection, a design which carries the signature of Simon Pengelly, offers an ideal solution for the office, including the light and robust Executive desk in MDF, the System multiple workstation equipped with sound-absorbing panels and the Meeting table. The Okome collection marks Nendo’s entrance in Alias stable. This modular system made of elements of a sculptural and rounded volume, make up diverse seating configurations, including sofas, chaise longues and poufs, a stylish addition to the lounge area. Covered with eco-leather Serge ferrari®, camira® or kvadrat® textiles, they can be easily coupled with the Okome coffee table with storage space, ideal to store cables. Alberto Meda signed Biplane, a series of aluminum and MDF tables for the office environment, waiting rooms and reception areas. ... More ... less

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