The iconic Juicy Salif was first released in 1990 and has become a symbol of both Alessi and Philippe Starck. Legend has it that Starck first drew the Salif on a napkin whilst visiting the Italian coast on holiday.
While Starck has said his squeezer was, “not meant to squeeze lemons” but “to start conversations”, the form of the stainless steel version is quite practical for squeezing citrus. A gold plated version of the Juicy Salif was released, which was entirely ornament due to the citric acid in a lemon discolouring and eroding the gold plating if it was ever used.
Today, whilst many own it, you’ll more likely find it as a futuristic display piece in design lovers homes than as a functional kitchen item. This iconic piece of post-modern industrial design is featured in the MoMa’s permanent collection. Available from Alessi.