Starck’s Juicy Salif citrus squeezer for Alessi caused controversy in the 1990s when it was first produced because it looked beautiful but was not at all practical for squeezing fruit. Alessi says that the project was deliberately poking fun at the idea that form should follow function.
Regarding this, how big is the Juicy Salif?
Made in mirror-polished aluminium casting the measurements of this Juicy Salif squeezer are 29cm in height and 14cm in diameter. Its easy to use, simply press, turn and squeeze, then collect juice in a glass placed underneath the juicer.
Thereof, how many Juicy Salif have been sold?
Are there simple rules that you and I can follow to start creating iconic objects of our own? Arguably, the most iconic and controversial piece here is the Juicy Salif, designed by Starck for the home goods retailer Alessi in 1990, and which by 2003 had sold 500,000 plus pieces.
What is the Juicy Salif made of?
When Starck’s order of calamari arrived at his table that day, he noticed they failed to give him lemon. It was then that he decided to use his napkin to sketch ideas for his innovative lemon squeezer inspired by his lemon-free squid.
The closest version to the lemon squeezer we know of today was invented by John Thomas White and was approved as a patent on December 8, 1896.
What’s the trick? (Sorry, crushing your fingers into a lime half is not the answer.) The world’s best bartenders squeeze their fresh juice with a hand citrus press—popularly nicknamed a Mexican Elbow, as these are very common in the land of margaritas and fresh juices and have an “elbow” bend to them.
The Juicy Salif — the name apparently derived from the French word for saliva, salive — has become iconic in the field of product design. Designed by Philippe Starck, the lemon juicer’s commercial success is rivaled only by its unapologetic emphasis on form over function.
The Juicy Salif is iconic in its own rights, iconic due to the history of its design, and the much-debated usability and worth. It is a successful product, only by its market performance. People are still buying this product to this day, not as a usable kitchen utensil, but as a piece of design.