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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Philippe Starck - Juicy Salif

Not all squeezers are meant to actually squeeze. Perhaps the most famous example of this is the Juicy Salif, designed by Philippe Starck in 1990. It is considered an icon of industrial design that has been displayed in museums such as New York's Museum of Modern Art. Originally, it was inspired by squeezing a lemon over a squid in a sea food restaurant, but many observers think it looks like a spider. It is manufactured by Italian kitchenware company Alessi. Its diameter is 14 cm, height 29 cm, and it is made from cast and polished aluminum.

For the tenth anniversary of its launch, 10,000 were individually numbered and gold plated. There has also been a gray/black version. Both are now collectors items, the gray/black version particularly hard to find. The gold plated version was described as an ornament because the citric acid in a lemon discolors and erodes the gold plating. Starck is even rumored to have said, "My juicer is not meant to squeeze lemons; it is meant to start conversations".[4]

The Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck may look like a spider at a first glance. While this juice squeezer does not serve as a practical tool, it is eye-catching and provocative. The form of the squeezer, again, resembles a spider while its function appears to be meant to squeeze juice, but rather it is an object of decoration.

- Angie


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