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Cutlery set - Dry


  • Object:

    Cutlery set

  • Place of origin:

    Milan (designed)
    Milan (made)

  • Date:

    1982 (designed)
    1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castiglioni, Achille, born 1918 - died 2002 (designer)
    Alessi (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stainless steel

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the manufacturer through Penhallow Marketing Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    M.16 to I-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The handles of this set of cutlery are shaped like a bar ingot with straight sides and a slightly curved end. The upper edge of the knife blades continue the line of the handle and then crops, with a small indentation, to continue in a parallel line to a rounded point. The serrated cutting edge slopes gradually away from the end towards the handle and then returns sharply to connect with the underside. The thin neck of both the forks and the spoons has concave sides. The forks have a curved bowl, straight sides and four elongated prongs. The bowl of the spoons are ovoid; the base of each bowl is off centre. The surface of each handle is given a satin finish in contrast to the highly polished blades and bowls.

Place of Origin

Milan (designed)
Milan (made)


1982 (designed)
1982 (made)


Castiglioni, Achille, born 1918 - died 2002 (designer)
Alessi (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stainless steel

Marks and inscriptions

Trademark stamped on underside of each handle

Object history note

Cutlery set awarded the Compasso d'Oro prize in 1984.

Descriptive line

'Dry' cutlery set, stainless steel, made by Alessi, Italy, 1982.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Scarzella, Patrizia. Steel & Style, From Project to Product, The Story of Alessi Household Ware. Milan : Arcadia Edizioni, 1985 (translated 1987), p. 140.


Tableware & cutlery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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