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Boston Shaker


Item #: ALS-5050

Material(s): 18/10 Mirror-Polished Stainless Steel Outside, Satin Finish Inside


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Design by Ettore Sottsass, 1979.
Made by Alessi.

Boston Shaker is considered to be the most professional type of shaker: Legend has it that it was created towards the end of the 19th century by an unknown barman on board a transatlantic liner sailing between Boston and Europe. It consists of two parts which fit one into the other: a large metal tumbler (here in 18/10 stainless steel rendered flexible by a special strain-hardening operation), and a tumbler in very thick glass. The steel tumbler can also be used as a mixing glass, together with the whisk for bars. This project comes from an in-depth investigation into professional tools for bars and for wines carried out in the second half of the 70's with Alberto Gozzi of the Scuola Alberghiera, the training school for the hotel trade, in Stresa. He has since worked together with Alessi on many projects mainly for the hotel trade.

Material(s): 18/10 Mirror-Polished Stainless Steel Outside, Satin Finish Inside

Dimensions:

  • 11.0" H x 3.5" D
  • Capacity: 16.9 oz

Model(s): ALS-5050 5050

Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass, born in 1917 in Innsbruck, is an Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century. He founded the Memphis Group, an influential Italian design and architecture movement of the 1980s.

Originally an architect, Sottsass became a consulting designer for typewriter manufacturer Olivetti.

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Alessi - Italian Design

The Alessi company was founded by Giovanni Alessi in 1921 in Omegna, Italy. Giovanni, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and the home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. Giovanni's son Carlo, trained in industrial design, joined him at Alessi and was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s through the mid 1940s.

During the war years, Alessi produced stars for uniforms and mechanical parts for Savoia Marchetti airplanes. After the war, thanks to an enormous demand for brass ladles for the U.S. army, the Alessis expanded the company and started mass production. Carlo's brother Ettore, who joined the company in 1945, was the first to bring outside designers to the company, such as the architects Carlo Mazzeri, Luigi Massoni and Anselmo Vitale. Since that time, the range of products offered by Alessi has expanded to include such items as office accessories and electrical appliances, in collaboration with a growing range of contemporary designers such as Jasper Morrison and Philippe Starck, all the while maintaining Alessi's commitment to design and quality.

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