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Queen Chin Salt, Pepper and Spice Grinder

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Design by Stefano Giovannoni, 2007.
By Alessi.

The collaboration between Alessi and the National Palace Museum of Taiwan grew out of the museum's wish to open itself further to the international scene, and to encourage greater awareness of Chinese history and culture in the West. Alessi asked Stefano Giovannoni to imagine and design a sort of mascot for the new Museum of the 21st Century. From this was born the "Family of Mr. Chin" series for the "A di Alessi" catalogue: a group of characters, each of whom represents a specific household function. "Queen Chin" is also a new chapter in the lucid design language that characterizes Stefano's work: instead of the usual method of casting a single piece of plastic from a single injection, the character-objects are made with separate molds (head, hat, body, foot, pompom) which are then assembled like wooden soldiers or porcelain dolls, thereby giving greater articulation to the typical wit and refinement of Giovannoni's decorations of the clothes, which are hand-painted.

Delivered in gift packaging. Features an adjustable grinding level and simple dis-assembly for cleaning. Hand wash only.

Notes: Delivered in gift packaging. Features an adjustable grinding level and simple dis-assembly for cleaning. Hand wash only.

Material(s): Hand-Decorated Thermoplastic Resin

Dimensions: 5.9" H x 3.0" L x 2.0" W

Model(s): ALS-ASG80 ASG80

Stefano Giovannoni
For Stefano Giovannoni, seeing the results of his products is even more satisfying to him than the many prestigious awards he's won over the years. A former professor at several universities, Giovannoni advises up-and-coming designers to focus on research and not settle for the easy, simple solutions.

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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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