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2000/68/2 Lemon squeezer, 'Juicy Salif' and packaging, stainless steel / cardboard, designed by Philippe Starck, made by Alessi, France / Italy, 1990-1999. Click to enlarge.

‘Juicy Salif’ lemon squeezer by Philippe Starck for Alessi

Designed
The 'Juicy Salif' lemon squeezer was a classic of postmodern product design of the 1990s. Designed by the internationally renowned French designer Philippe Starck for the Italian firm Alessi as part of the 1986 Project Solferino (a collaborative project between Alessi and Francois Burkhardt from the Centre de Creation Industrielle at the Beabourg in Paris), the 'Juicy Salif' was among the first of Philippe Starck's designs for Alessi, along with a kettle, wall clock and colander.

The design of the 'Juicy Salif' is innovative, futuristic and relatively functional. As opposed to other citrus squeezers, the 'Juicy Salif' allows juice to flow straight into a glass (pips and pulp included!), rather than passing through a sieve into a dish, and provided a simplified alternative design option for an everyday kitchen task. The form of the squeezer was inspired over a lunch of squid garnished with lemons on the Isle of Capri, and therefore has much in common with this curious marine species - long legs and an inverted, drooping body. It is an excellent example of innovative design with a sense of humour and of high production standards of mass market articles, for which Alessi is so well known, and which helped to position the firm at the forefront of international design from the 1980s.

The 'Juicy Salif' became a bestselling item for Alessi. It represents one of Philippe Starck's most influential and controversial designs and today, continues to serve as a status symbol, particularly among the intended market of young, middle-class professionals.

References

Alessi, Alberto, 'The Dream Factory: Alessi since 1921' (Milan, 2001)
Sweet, Fay, 'Alessi: art and poetry' (London, 1998)

Summary

Object No.

2000/68/2

Object Statement

Lemon squeezer, 'Juicy Salif' and packaging, stainless steel / cardboard, designed by Philippe Starck, made by Alessi, France / Italy, 1990-1999

Physical Description

Lemon squeezer 'Juicy Salif' and packaging, stainless steel / cardboard, designed by Philippe Starck, made by Alessi, France/ Italy, 1990s.

A metal lemon squeezer in the form of an inverted, elongated drop moulded with regular vertical grooves (forming a waving pattern) and standing on three, very tall, spider-like legs extending from the base.

Production

Designed

Made

Notes

The 'Juicy Salif' lemon squeezer was designed by Philippe Starck in France and manufactured by Alessi in Crusinallo, Italy in the 1990s.

Alberto Alessi commented on Starck and his design of the 'Juicy Salif' as follows: "I cannot help thinking of Starck as the 'designer terrible' of our decade. He is a living example of my dream: design, real design, is always highly charged with innovation towards the word of manufacturing trade, bringing results that need no longer be justified solely on a technological or balance sheet level. A true work of design must move people, convey feelings, bring back memories, surprise, transgress...in sum, it has to be poetic. Design is one of the most apt poetic forms of expression of our day. And I know that this great visionary still has plenty of surprises up his sleeve..." (A. Alessi, 'The Dream Factory, Alessi since 1921', 1998, p.74)

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2000

Acquisition Date

8 June 2000

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Juicy Salif' lemon squeezer by Philippe Starck for Alessi 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2020, <https://ma.as/9354>

Wikipedia

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