Born in Granerolo in 1916. He studied design at the Istituto OMAR in Novara and in the early 30s when still very young, he joined his father's business. Around the middle 30s he designed many Alessi objects among which The Octagonal Tea & Coffee set, Scalini, Cilindrico tea & coffee and The Bombé tea & coffee service. Towards the end of the 40s he became the company's general manager. Collaborations with artists such as Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Richard Sapper, and Achille Castiglioni helped bring Allesi into a new decade of design. Phillipe Starck’s Juicy Salif and Michael Graves bird-shaped kettle whistle are among many well-known products of the Alessi range. Carlo Alessi remained company president until his death in 2009.