One of the crucial first projects by French designer, Philippe Starck for Alessi. The Juicy Salif was devised in the second half of the 1980s (in conjunction with the Walter Wayle II wall clock, the Hot Bertaa kettle and the large Max le Chinois colander). An excellent example of Alessis role as artistic mediator in the most turbulent areas of creative potential (the piece was his response to our precise briefing for a stainless steel tray), it remains unparalleled in its ability to generate discussions about its meaning and design, partly on account of its unconventional use of what semiologists refer to as the decorative veil which, even if in most cases in a less overt manner, is inexorably destined to cover all objects created by man. To fully take note the true meaning of its existence, it is possibly necessary to refer to the theories of Leroy-Gourham, who considers the notion of functional approximation to be fundamental. This notion suggests that there is at all times a certain degree of freedom in interpreting relationships between Form and Function: it is precisely this continual play between Form and Function that leads to the decorative veil mentioned above, that Floch considers to be the manifestation of the legendary and aesthetic dimension of the object, as originally defined by Greimas. In addition to being the most controversial citrus fruit squeezer of the 20th century, it has also grow to be One of the crucial icons of design of the 1990s, and it continues to be one of the vital provocatively intelligent articles in the Alessi catalog.
Juicy Salif citrus squeezer in aluminum by Philippe Starck in 1990
Iconic design of the 20th century that graciously welds form and function, with humor.
Packaging: 1 piece in a box
5-1/2 inch diameter, 11-1/2 inch height