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Juicy Salif

Lemon Squeezer
1990 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The 'Juicy Salif' became a best selling 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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Alumium, cast and polished, nylon tips.
Brief Description
'Juicy Salif', designed by Philippe Starck, 1990. Cast and polished aluminium. Manufactured by Alessi
Physical Description
A cast and polished aluminium lemon squeezer in the form of an inverted, elongated drop moulded with regular vertical grooves (forming a waving pattern) and standing on three, tall, curved, `L' shaped, spider-like legs with nylon tips extending from the base.



Dimensions
  • Height: 29.2cm
  • Diameter: 14cm
Marks and Inscriptions
ALESSI/ITALY (Stamped on the upper section of one of the legs.)
Gallery Label
Juicy Salif Philippe Starck France, 1990 With Juicy Salif, Phillipe Starck radically reimagined what a lemon squeezer could look like. Taking inspiration from a calamari lunch he once had in Capri, the squeezer head is elevated on four spindly legs to resemble a squid. Its theatricality has helped it become a bestseller even though its design sacrifices much of its functionality.
Credit line
Given anonymously
Object history
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 best selling 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.



The Juicy Salif was included in ‘Values of Design’ at the V&A Gallery, Design Society in Shenzhen, China in 2017.





Summary
The 'Juicy Salif' became a best selling 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.

Bibliographic References
  • Kate Watson-Smyth, The Secret History Of: Philippe Stark's lemon squeezer. in The Independent, 13, May 2010.
  • Alessi, Alberto, The Dream Factory: Alessi since 1921, Milan, Electra/Alessi, pp.5 & 76. ill.
Collection
Accession Number
M.22-2016

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record createdSeptember 25, 2015
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