I must confess I never thought I'd see a baby Jesus ornament that I thought was cute. I was wrong. Italian company Alessi has created a line of 12 new Christmas ornaments, 10 based on the old testament's Nativity scene and 2 decorative ones, that include everything from an adorable Baby Jesus to a darling Donkey.
Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, a ram, a cow, a donkey, the Three Wise Men, an Angel, an Elf, and a Shooting Star and are individually hand decorated blown glass ornaments designed by Marcello Jori for Alessi.
The 12 ornaments are available individually or as the following 4 different sets.
Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, donkey and cow:
The Three Wise Men:
Angel and Shooting Star (or Starlight):
Elf and ram:
buy all 12 of them here
or the 10 Nativity ornaments here
La Cucina Alessi is a full range of kitchen furniture and product designs that are a collaborative effort between Alessi, Valcucine and Oras. The kitchens are designed by Alessandro Mendini for ALESSI, the furniture and hoods are produced by Valcucine, and the faucets by Oras.
above: kitchen sketches by Alessandro Mendini
The counter tops, cabinetry, and laminates (patterned and solid) are modern and functional. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the kitchen designs have ample workspace, smart storage solutions and are easy to clean for the serious cook. There are lots of thoughtful and unique design touches as well.
above: The Oras kitchen faucet designed by Alessandro Mendini has a high, figurative spout leaving ample space for working. The faucet is also available with a dishwasher valve.
Two of the range hoods produced by Valcucine:
The curvalinear cabinets, countertops and islands are available in glass, steel or laminate with organic curves and elegant lines. Combined with the hoods and faucets, they are a stunning synthesis of design. Rather than bore you with written specifics, let me wow you with photos.
Optional patterns for the laminate cabinetry:
Some thoughtful details:
And lots of possible configurations:
All products of LA CUCINA ALESSI are produced under license of ALESSI Spa.
Alessi Spa via Privata Alessi 6
28887 Crusinallo (VB) Italy