One of the first projects by French designer, Philippe Starck for Alessi. The Juicy Salif was devised in the second half of the 1980s (along 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 because of its unconventional use of what semiologists refer to as the decorative veil which, even though generally in a less overt manner, is inexorably destined to cover all objects created by man. To fully understand 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 always 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. As well as being the most controversial citrus fruit squeezer of the 20th century, it has also become one of the icons of design of the 1990s, and it continues to be one of the most 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
- ALESSI collection
- 5-1/2 inch diameter, 11-1/2 inch height
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 11 inches ; 0.3 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- ASIN: B00004YTQZ
- Item model number: PSJS
Average Customer Review (13 customer reviews)
Stylish, fashionable, efficient, time saver, By Harris Elleberg
November 20, 2009
What I like best about this juicer is how streamlined and, well, basically perfect it is. There is no distinction between form and function in this stunning piece: What makes it work is what makes it beautiful. I like to bring it out on the piazza when I brunch, so that the early sun sparkles on the chrome while I squeeze just a few drops of blood orange juice into a flute of champagne. There's nothing better than sitting around a table laden with delicacies with a group of friends who admire the beauty of simple objects like this juicer.In addition to being visually stunning, this juicer is also a tremendous time saver. When guests see it in my kitchen, it saves me a lot of time that might otherwise be spent explaining that I am a gigantic, pretentious douche.
It has the form, but not the function, By John Chernis
April 16, 2012
I've had my eye on this object for a while and always admired the beautiful form. I had been under the impression that it also had very good function as a juicer, so I thought I was take the plunge and buy one to replace the simple and conventional glass juicer we already owned.The form is indeed beautiful when you open the box, but the function is pretty poor. First, if you read the instructions inside the box, it makes clear this is only designed as a lemon squeezer. Don't call it a 'citrus squeezer' on the website and box exterior if you can't use it for oranges and grapefruit. And, believe me you can't. You'll get almost as much juice on the wall and counter as you do in the glass since the juice will spray in every direction. Even when I very delicately spent a minute or so carefully squeezing a lemon half into a mug, there was a fair amount of lemon juice sprayed on the counter. This never happens with the simple glass manual squeezer we've had for years...
amazing doesn't even begin., By Windham M. Graves
August 7, 2009
Honestly this is completely overkill, its like buying a ferrari to get groceries... but like the ferrari, you can just stare at it and be happy.