The Sponsors

Representing the very best of Italian food and design.

The Parmigiano Reggiano Design Challenge celebrates the passion for quality, craftsmanship and innovation that are such fundamental elements of Italian culture. The sponsors represent the very best in the fields of food and design. PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® cheese is considered a true Italian Masterpiece in the culinary world, while Alessi is responsible for some of the most iconic tabletop products coming from Italy.


Parmigiano Reggiano

PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® cheese was first made in Italy in the Middle Ages. Almost 1,000 years later, it is still made in the same exact region and in practically the same way it was made from the very beginning – with simple ingredients – and with great respect for artisanal traditions.

Over the centuries the artisans who proudly make PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® cheese have perfected the process, respectfully introducing innovations designed to maintain and protect the traditional methods and consistently deliver a truly magnificent cheese

Today, PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® cheese is considered one of the most beloved icons of Italian culinary tradition and culture, and its status has been elevated to that of a true “Italian Masterpiece”.


Founded by Giulio and Anna Castelli in 1949, in the early years Kartell took its first steps to produce the distinctive design that would come to epitomize the ‘Made in Italy’ label. Today, Kartell represents over 70 years of history, of family, of culture and design, of innovative products, materials and technologies. Known for its ongoing work with some of the world’s greatest designers, Kartell is committed to pursuing beauty and absolute quality.


Currently celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary, Alessi was founded in Northern Italy on Lake Orta by Giovanni Alessi in 1921 and evolved to become one of the leading Factories of Italian Design. Over the years, they have collaborated with over three hundred designers and architects from around the world and have produced thousands of objects for the Home, many of which have become icons of modern design. Renowned for their quality and meticulous craftsmanship, Alessi desires to produce objects which are not only functional, but also satisfy people’s needs for art and poetry. Alessi is also proud to be officially recognized as one of the first Italian Design Factories to become a Certified Benefit Corporation, a global movement of companies that go beyond the goal of profit to use their business as a tool to positively impact their employees, community and the environment.