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La Cintura di Orione Sauteuse

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

The sauteuse is a utensil of truncated-conical form with a connecting radius at the base and a long handle. The flared or sloped shape of the body and the curvature where it joins the base are, in fact, designed to facilitate the movement made by the spatula or whisk in mixing the ingredients. The metal of which the body of the sauteuse is made, heavy-gauge copper, with its excellent heat conduction properties, enables the exact amount of heat to be obtained, maintaining an even temperature all over the surface, which can be varied quickly according to the different stages of cooking. The long handle makes it possible to hold the casserole steady on the hot plate when necessary. A utensil with very specific features, the sauteuse is the most suitable for all those culinary operations, usually performed over heat, requiring frequent stirring of foods of unstable or delicate consistency such as butter, cream, eggs and sweet and savory creams. Its shape, with sloping sides, also makes it the ideal pan for purées and some types of sautéing or tossing. In designing this sauteuse, Alain Chapel determined the size, the proportions of the body and the slant of the sides which he believed were exactly right.

Notes: Lids sold separately.

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

Dimensions: 3.0" H 7.9" D; Capacity, 2.1 qt.

Model(s): ALS-90107 90107

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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