Design by Lorenzo Piccione Di Pianogrillo and Köbi Wiesendanger, 2007.
Lorenzo Piccione di Pianogrillo is a Sicilian olive oil producer. Inspired over the last few years by the growing interest in quality oil and having noted that, both for restaurants and private homes, tables were completely missing an instrument that allowed people to properly taste the magnificent product that is extra virgin olive oil, along with Köbi Wiesendanger, he decided to create something that was missing from the Alessi Encyclopedia: the Olive Oil Taster.
The Olive Oil Taster was designed as a personal object for each diner. In fact, it isn't an oil cruet but an instrument created to collect the perfumes and the magnificent fruity taste of extra virgin olive oil, to allow the diner to experience the features that make the product unique and special. Its size was designed to allow the full aromatic range of the oil to be tasted as well as for it to be used as the diner to experience the features that make the product unique and special. Its size was designed to allow the full aromatic range of the oil to be tasted as well as for it to be used as a small dispenser for direct use, avoiding open bottles from being placed on the table, which is often unattractive. Fill the olive oil taster with a small amount of oil, about half a demitasse full. Close the cover and hold the olive oil taster in your hand for about a minute to warm its contents. Then open the cover and breathe in the smells of the oil, trying to pick out its features. Finally, taste the oil, letting it wash around your mouth for a moment, inhaling so that it comes in direct contact with your taste buds. The oil content will be enough for one taste but may also be used directly by using a pouring spout.
Material(s): 18/10 mirror-polished stainless steel
Dimensions: 2.5" H x 6.9" L x 3.0" W; 1.8 oz.; Capactiy
Models: ALS-PW01 PW01
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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