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A Brief History of Alessi's Bizarre-Looking Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 10 May 2017

In this collaborative series with London’s Design Museum, senior curator Alex Newson selects treasured design icons from the institution’s permanent collection: Designer, Maker, UserIn this video, he unveils the history behind Alessi’s iconic Juicy Salif citrus squeezer.

This alien-looking citrus squeezer designed by Philippe Starck for Alessi has invaded many of our homes – plenty now love it for its distinctive looks, and it often ends up being an intriguing display piece in the kitchen, rather than a functional item.

Apparently, Starck sketched the initial design for what’s become one of his most famous works on a restaurant napkin when he was on holiday in Italy.

Watch the video above to see the full story and discover the history of other design icons in the series, including Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60, the Anglepoise Lamp, the Apple Mac, Thonet’s Bistro chair and Braun’s SK4 radio-phonograph.

Courtesy of Alessi