At the company’s factory in Omegna, Italy, Alessi keeps a part-museum, part-inspiration center where prototypes from decades past can be taken down off the shelf. Different mid-century coffee pots share space with sketches from Salvador Dali on a project that never got off the ground. The point, to Alessi, is that failure and success matter equally. Failure is useful. And it takes a lot of failure to come up with beautiful, inspired, kitchen tools that also work.