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Juicy Salif

Price: $100.00

Q: A sculpture of a menacing, futuristic insect? A sea creature? The key piece of evidence in a murder investigation in next year's most popular indie film? Just the thing to round out your holiday shopping?
A: The first project Philippe Starck designed for Alessi, in 1990, the Juicy Salif is that most utterly innocent of kitchen utensils, the citrus juicer. Oh, and it's also an icon of industrial design in the 1990s. According to random Internet sources, Starck's idea for the juicer was sketched out over a meal while on holiday by the sea in Italy. One imagines that the sun was shining. According to Alberto Alessi, "I received a napkin from Starck, on it among some incomprehensible marks (tomato sauce, in all likelihood) there were some sketches. Sketches of squid. They started on the left, and as they worked their way over to the right, they took on the unmistakable shape of what was to become the juicy salif. While eating a dish of squid and squeezing a lemon over it, Starck drew on the napkin his famous lemon squeezer."

Designer: Philippe Starck
Materials: Mirror-plated cast aluminum
Size: 4.75" x  11.5"