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Farfalla Nut cracker - / Alessi 100 Values Collection - Alessi

Chromed

Designer : Enzo Mari

40.12 £40.12
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  • Type : Nut cracker
  • Colour : Chromed
  • Material : (Metal)
  • Dimensions : L 5 x W 2.5 x H 11 cm
  • Weight : 0.88 lb
  • Characteristics : Alessi 100 Values Collection: collection to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alessi brand - Model created in 1998 by Enzo Mari - Packaging specially created for Alessi's centenary
  • Country of Manufacture : Italy

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Notice to collectors, design fans and everyone who’d like to rediscover the essential figures of Italian design! The iconic Italian brand Alessi is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the “Alessi 100 Values ​​Collection”: this collection celebrates the values that define the identity and practice of the Dream Factory (Fabbrica dei Sogni). A collection of surprising objects, from the Alessi Museum's Archive Fund, which includes projects that have never been produced before, brand-new versions of cult objects as well as icons in the making. Twelve projects, each referring to a different value, will be presented over twelve months, from May 2021 to April 2022. "Alessi 100 Values ​​Collection" celebrates 100 years of applied arts research and the start of a new century of experimentation. The tenth value placed in the spotlight by Alessi is Thingness. The deep essence of the object is precisely what Enzo Mari reveals to us with his Farfalla nutcracker. Alberto Alessi explains: “Thingness or the ability to touch the very essence of an object, its very raison d'être, is a prerogative common to all the best design projects. You could say that an object achieves its "thingness" when it comes to represent and synthesise the gesture or activity for which it was designed and created. To put it another way, it then acquires a symbolic value and becomes an archetype of its category. A principle that’s oh so difficult to grasp! One of the designers who has been most attentive to this quest for "thingness" is Enzo Mari: nothing superfluous or purely decorative in his creations, each of which follows a precise, almost Calvinist logic, to achieve the very essence of the typology subjected to the designer's examination. Such is the case with this gesture, borrowed from a mechanical workshop, which involves turning a wing screw and tightening it until the nut is squeezed tight.'' An archetypal object with an essential design, the Farfalla nutcracker (“butterfly” in Italian) is a fine example of rigorously hunting for the slightest superfluous element, an approach that has always accompanied Enzo Mari's meta-project research. Here, then, is an object simply defined by a few precise lines, which alone condense the reasons for its existence. Designed in the late 1990s but never brought into production, this 2021 edition pays homage to one of the masters of Italian design. An iconoclastic artist, designer and intellectual, Enzo Mari was one of the most influential figures in Italian design during the second half of the 20th century. Five-time winner of the Compasso d'Oro prize, he has been named "the critical conscience of design". This object is dedicated to all design enthusiasts and those who wish to rediscover the critical approach to design borne by Enzo Mari through a unique project. Enzo Mari: "Design is all about decanting, removing anything that is unnecessary or false."

In detail:
  • Variation : Chromed

  • Brand : Alessi

  • Designer : Enzo Mari

  • Type : Nut cracker

  • Colour : Chromed

  • Material : Zamak

  • Dimensions : L 5 x W 2.5 x H 11 cm
  • Weight : 0.88 lb
  • Characteristics : Alessi 100 Values Collection: collection to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alessi brand - Model created in 1998 by Enzo Mari - Packaging specially created for Alessi's centenary
  • Country of Manufacture : Italy

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