Pop-Up Bottle Opener
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Design by Giovanni Alessi Anghini, 2008.
This sleek other-worldly bottle opener features a pressure opening mechanism. To use, push down on the bottle cap remover. A magnet inside holds onto the metal cap once it has been removed from the bottle neck.
Giovanni Jr. is the son of Alessio, grandson of Carlo and great-grandson of Giovanni, founder of Alessi. Like a number of his fourth-generation cousins, he makes a point of using both of the family surnames: Alessi Anghini. After a period at Stefano Giovannoni's studio in Milan, Giovanni Jr. is taking his first steps in the designer's profession. A short while ago he presented this bottle opener to Alessi featuring a pressure opening mechanism, an ingenious idea in this his "opus one", that they were happy to develop and put into production.
Material: Stainless steel mirror polished and thermoplastic resin.
Dimensions: 3.705" H x 3.12" D
Model(s): ALS-GAA01 GAA01
Stefano Giovannoni was born in La Spezia in 1954 and graduated in Architecture in 1978. He lives and works in Milan.
He taught and conducted research at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence. He has been a professor at Domus Academy in Milan, at the University of Progetto in Reggio Emilia and at the Architecture University in Geona.
He works as an industrial, interior designer and architect. He has worked with companies such as Alessi, Cedderoth, Deborah, Fiat, Flos, Hannster, Helit, Henkle, kobuyo, Inda, Laufen, Lavazza, Magis, Oras, Oregon Scientific, Seiko, Siemens, 3M, Toto, Ntt Docomo, Veneta Cucine, Amore Pacific, etc.
He has designed hugely successful products including the ?Girotondo? and ?Mami? series in steel for Alessi. His bestsellers include the Bombo range for Magis. Some of his works are in the permanent archives of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and of MoMA collection in New York.
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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