It is amazing to think that the origins of this design date back to when Queen Victoria was on the throne!... A time normally associated with among other things, gothic revival architecture (in buildings such as the Houses of Parliament) and decorative ornamentation.
This toast rack is clearly the oldest design that is still in use, and yet it looks like one of the most modern too.
Originally created in 1881 by the design visionary Christopher Dresser - this is a design icon that has been adopted by Alessi for the prized Officina collection.
Dresser was famed for championing industrial design as a force for furnishing ordinary people with well-made, efficient and engaging goods. His commercial success is all the more remarkable because Dresser also pioneered what we now recognise as the efficient, simple modern aesthetic.
Seeing nothing superfluous in nature, where every beautiful thing had simplicity of form and a clear function, Dresser applied the same principle to design. This toast rack design follows this doctrine with great success and it is also beautifully crafted today by Alessi, as you would expect.
Dresser is considered to be among the first independent industrial designers, producing stunning work in areas ranging from wallpaper to glass and fabrics. This is not only a great design; it is an amazing piece of history.
We have instantly fallen in love with the simplicity and sophistication of this design and have implemented those toast racks in most of the Campbell Gray Hotels around the world. Next time when you will visit one of the hotels take a look at it during breakfast and let us know what you think.