architect: Stefano Giovannoni
“AlessiTab“ is the new interactive multimedia tablet developed by the partnership between Alessi and Promelit and exclusively designed by Stefano Giovannoni. The ”AlessiTab” which stands for ”tablet”, literally ”slab” or ”small table”, has a 10.1” HD touchscreen, with graphics also designed by Giovannoni, and forms part of a versatile design that enables it to be used in various positions: as a consequence, the gravitational sensor rotates images 180°. Based on Google’s new open source Android operating system, which is destined to become the most popular system for smartphones and tablets, ”AlessiTab” is designed as a simple, intelligent and versatile domestic tool to be easily used by everyone. The whole family will find applications to interest them, from housewives to young new technology enthusiasts, cinema and music lovers, and those who love cooking, as well as both Internet fanatics and those who are less familiar with technology.
Thanks to the Android open source OS, ”AlessiTab” can be continually updated and enriched with new functions. The icons on the main screen of the Alessi applications enable users to connect with a carefully chosen selection of interactive services. Thanks to its Wi-Fi connection, ”AlessiTab” users can surf the net, manage their emails using the video keyboard, and make voice and video calls. It is also configured to receive digital terrestrial TV, web TV and web radio. Personal files can be reproduced in high definition through the USB port. ”AlessiTab” is particularly innovative in the kitchen: the cook of the family, as well as enthusiastic foodies, will find recipes for all tastes, which they can easily browse and consult by using the screen in its 30° degree position while they are at work. ”AlessiTab” will be on sale only in Italy from November in all good consumer electronics stores.
Stefano Giovannoni was born in La Spezia in 1954 and graduated in Florence in 1978. From 1979 to 1991 he taught and research at the Faculty of Architecture of Florence, was a professor of Master at Domus Academy, at the University of Progetto in Reggio Emilia, at the SPD in Milan and at the University of Architecture in Genoa. He works with companies such as Alessi, Fiat, Flos, Siemens. He has received important awards of Architecture and Design as “Design Plus" at the Frankfurt Fair, “Edizioni Ambiente” in 1994, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2009 and the “100% design” in London in 1997, the prize. “Forum Design Hannover“ in 1999, the prize "ISH" in 2003. His works are part of the permanent collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the MOMA, New York.