Alessi is an Italian company that creates designer houseware and kitchen utensils that have been inspired into existence by a wide range of designers, architects, and industrial designers
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Dédé Doorstop by Alessi s a perfect example of Philippe Starck's poetry. An expressive and functional object: a doorstop, whose evocative form becomes a familiar presence during the day.
Dédé is waiting. But what for? Life? Love? In the meantime, he opens and closes doors. Like me." With these words, Philippe Starck describes the Dédé doorstop, an object with an extraordinarily poetic yet functional shape. Originally presented in 1996 and produced in die-cast aluminium, in 2019 Dédé is proposed in a new version in brightly coloured plastic, a decidedly Pop reinterpretation desired by Starck himself.
Designed by Michael Graves in 1985, the kettle with the bird-shaped whistle became one of the icons of 20th century design. To mark the 30th anniversary of this famous kettle, Graves redesigns the whistle, turning the little bird into a charming supernatural reptile, a prehistoric, mythological and futuristic creature all at the same time: Tea Rex. The choice of the dragon is a reference on the part of the designer to the Chinese culture for whom these beings symbolise strength and fortune. The wording Tea Rex 9093 30th anniversary is stamped on the lid of the kettle.
My Squeeze by Alessi. Designed by Roland Kreiter, is a citrus squeezer designed for use directly in your hand. It was awarded the Pure Creativity 2009 award organised by Mydeco.com, awarded by a jury chaired by Philippe Starck and Sir Terence Conran. The reason “mysqueeze” won the prize was that, 20 years on, it can be the new icon, heir to the “Juicy Salif” designed by Philippe Starck, the citrus squeezer produced by Alessi which went on to become one of the most renowned icons of contemporary life in all four corners of the globe.
Valerio Citrus Squeezer by Alessi. One utensil, two functions. Guido Venturini has created a practical kitchen accessory with plastic, ergonomic lines that combine a minimalist citrus squeezer and a small pestle. Each end of this dual-purpose tool is designed to function as the handle for the opposite end, offering a comfortable grip for ease of use. A small weight positioned inside the hollow body at the pestle end keeps the object upright when placed on a flat surface.
• DESIGNER: Guido Venturini
• DIMENSIONS: 4.6CM (W) x 17CM (H)
• MATERIALS: Stainless steel
Fatman by Alessi was designed by Marcel Wanders who focused his attention on the object’s decoration, creating a kind of colourful suit in which to dress the cake stand. This aspect makes the object versatile: closed, it is a table sculpture; open it becomes a multi-tier cake stand for table service.
Juicy Salif by Alessi. A truly iconic object and symbol not only of Philippe Starck but of Alessi itself, this citrus squeezer - as revolutionary as it is surprisingly functional - sketched in its essentials by Starck during a holiday by the sea in Italy, on a pizzeria napkin.
• DESIGNER: Philippe Starck
• DIMENSIONS: 14CM x 29CM (H)
• MATERIALS: Stainless steel
Always aware of ecological issues and natural forms, Andrea Branzi is one of the designers who is most aware of the potential of turned wood, a material that in his opinion is one of the best available for making "objects with which we can establish relationships, not just of use and functionality but also of a psychological, symbolic, and poetic nature.”
• DESIGNER: Andrea Branzi
• DIMENSIONS: 9.5CM (H) x 12.5CM (L) x 9CM (W)
• MATERIALS: Wood and 18/10 stainless steel.