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La Cintura di Orione Stockpots

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Design by Richard Sapper and Gualtiero Archesi, 2006.
By Alessi.

The stockpot is essentially used to boil water or liquid: a typical utensil for boiling, simmering, steaming and blanching. Alessi's research, conducted with the consultancy of Gualtiero Marchesi, led the company to chose a pot perfectly cylindrical in shape, not least because it corresponds formally with the stylistic feature of the cylinder, an enlightened, rationalistic, geometric form. The characteristics of the cooking method in question, boiling, in which it is the water that transmits the heat to the food, surrounding it completely (the heat, in fact, is not transmitted to the food either by the sides or by the bottom of the pot, but by the liquid itself), coupled with the fact that to bring the water to the boiling-point the width of the bottom is much more important than the perfect heat distribution along the entire surface, prompted Marchesi to suggest a pot entirely of thick 18/10 stainless steel. In fact, stainless steel is a poor heat conductor, but it is unalterable, relatively light, and easy to clean and this combination of features makes it most suitable for a cooking method based on elementary physical-chemical principles such as boiling and its derivatives.

Notes: Lids sold separately.

Material(s): Aluminum With Non-Stick Coating And Handles In 18/10 Stainless Steel


  • Small- 7.3" H x 7.9" D; Capacity, 6.1 qt.
  • Large- 8.7" H x 9.4" D; Capacity, 10.6 qt.

Model(s): ALS-90100 90100

Richard Sapper

Richard Sapper, born 1932 in Munich, is a German industrial designer who lives in Milan, Italy. He is considered one of the most iconic designers of his generation and his products typically feature a combination of technical innovation, simplicity of form and an element of wit and surprise. After beginning as a designer in the styling department at Mercedez-Benz, Sapper eventually opened his own studio in 1959 where many of his most prolific designs were created. Sapper has received numerous international design awards, including 10 prestigious Compasso d'Oro awards and the Raymond Loewy Foundation's Lucky Strike award. His products are part of the permanent collections of many museums around the world, with over 15 represented at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as well as London's Victoria and Albert and Design Museums.

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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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