Alessi 9090: Weld
Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welds and spot-welds join the molded parts. In TIG welding, the inert gas argon is blown out of a nozzle to surround a white-hot tungsten electrode at the tip of the welding torch. A skilled worker torches the edges to fuse them, while the argon stops atmospheric particles from weakening the bond.
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- After more than 100 steps, the completed parts are ready for packaging.
- The factory floor is a city of tall hydraulic presses. Humming and chinking sounds bellow down aisle after aisle.
A new silhouette in Bend’s Los Angeles–made, spot-welded oeuvre is an iron lighting fixture whose name alludes to the mathematical term meaning “an orderly arrangement of slanted lines.”
- Alessi uses two types of 18/10 stainless steel (the number refers to the chromium-to-nickel ratio): 2B, with a carbon content of 0.2 percent, is more malleable and less shiny than BA, which has 0.4…
- Alessi—In the 1970s, Alessi invested $300,000 to develop its first cooking appliance: a stovetop espresso maker by Richard Sapper.
Designers Fernando and Humbert Campana conceived this prism-like table in 2004 for Alessi using a collection of welded stainless steel rods to create the base. The tiny table is but one piece in their Blow Up collection, which also includes accessories such as clocks, centerpieces, and magazine racks.
- Jenny Wu, a partner at Oyler Wu Collaborative, documents the process from design through fabrication of their latest installation, Screenplay, to be featured at the upcoming Dwell on Design 2012.
- We love to break down the intricate steps that go into making our favorite furniture, products, prefabs and more.