Sweetly squeezed

25 Jahre „Juicy Salif“ von Philippe Starck für Alessi

Mar 29, 2015
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Sie sorgt ebenso für frischen Saft wie für Gesprächsstoff: Die Zitronenpresse von Philippe Strack gibt’s zum 25. Geburtstag in Weiß und in Bronze.

Umberto Eco suggested that “the client didn’t actually want a real lemon squeezer anyway, but an artwork and a ‘conversation piece’ that buyers would cherish as abstract sculptures (which is incidentally very beautiful to behold, but as unsettling as a deep-sea monster) or at any rate as a prestigious object, and not as a household appliance that is destined for practical use.”

He was talking about Philippe Starck’s “Juicy Salif”. Who had the idea for the lemon squeezer while eating fishing on holiday on the Italian island of Capraia, where he immediately drew it on a paper serviette. This he then popped in an envelope and sent it off to Alessi – who brought it out in 1990. So “Juicy Salif”, which is made of cast aluminum and like almost no other object symbolizes the success of household appliances maker Alessi (and that of Philippe Starck) in the 1990s, is turning 25. An occasion well worth celebrating!

The “dream factory”, as Alessi is also fondly called, is marking the birthday with two special editions of the rocket-, space capsule- or spider-like squeezer: Either with a white satin ceramic coat or as a heavy, cast-bronze version (the latter is an edition limited to 299 copies). Which is perhaps once again another way of saying that this appliance is a hybrid that combines usefulness and freedom from utility. (MM)

Alessi Flagship Store
Via Manzoni 14-16, Milan
Cocktail on Tues., April 14, 6-9 p.m.

Salone Internazionale del Mobile
April 14-19, 2015
Milan, Rho trade-fair complex
Showroom E3 Corso Italia Est/ Ponte dei Mari est

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