Triennale Design Museum and Museo Alessi present Alessi IN-possible. When the idea is not yet a product, curated by Francesca Appiani. The show offers a selection of objects that have never gone into production.


The factory is a sort of agora where designers, engineers, draftsmen, production technicians and marketing experts establish a dialogue whose final result is an industrial product. The exhibition is about this dialogue and the many ways it happens. The viewpoint is unusual: not the story of finished products, but that of objects that have remained on the drawing board.

These projects have not been left in limbo only because of technical problems or economic limitations. During the development of a project unexpected results can emerge regarding the expressive dimension of the object, its language, its emotional impact.


In chronological order from the 1920s to the present, the show features over 50 projects that have never gone into production, including some by famous Italian and international architects and designers like Ettore Sottsass, Achille Castiglioni, Aldo Rossi, Philippe Starck, Zaha Hadid, Patricia Urquiola, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.


The collection of Museo Alessi, with 25,000 objects and 19,000 drawings, offers a fascinating o