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Design by Richard Sapper and Gualtiero Archesi, 2006.
The stockpot is essentially used to boil water or liquid: a typical utensil for boiling, simmering, steaming and blanching. Alessi's research, conducted with the consultancy of Gualtiero Marchesi, led the company to chose a pot perfectly cylindrical in shape, not least because it corresponds formally with the stylistic feature of the cylinder, an enlightened, rationalistic, geometric form. The characteristics of the cooking method in question, boiling, in which it is the water that transmits the heat to the food, surrounding it completely (the heat, in fact, is not transmitted to the food either by the sides or by the bottom of the pot, but by the liquid itself), coupled with the fact that to bring the water to the boiling-point the width of the bottom is much more important than the perfect heat distribution along the entire surface, prompted Marchesi to suggest a pot entirely of thick 18/10 stainless steel. In fact, stainless steel is a poor heat conductor, but it is unalterable, relatively light, and easy to clean and this combination of features makes it most suitable for a cooking method based on elementary physical-chemical principles such as boiling and its derivatives.
Lids sold separately.
Material(s): Aluminum with non-stick coating and handles in 18/10 stainless steel
Designer: Richard Sapper
Born in Munich in 1932, he studied philosophy, anatomy, graphics, engineering and economics. Ten times winner of the Compassi d'Oro, his prime interest is the design of technically complex objects, from ships to watches.View other products by Richard Sapper
Designer: Gualtiero ArchesiView other products by Gualtiero Archesi
Alessi is a family owned Italian design company, founded in 1921. Giovanni Alessi, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. He was later joined by his son Carlo who was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s and early 1940s. In the mid 1940s Alessi began to work with outside designers. The current Alessi catalog is the result of a collaboration with over 500 designers from all over the world.
"A true work of design must be able to move people, to convey feelings, to trigger memories, to surprise, to go against the grain. From this point of view, design intended to conjure up images in people's minds, which makes them a bit happier, still has tremendous potential." — Alberto AlessiView other products from Alessi
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