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Queen Chin Salt, Pepper and Spice Grinder

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Design Year: 2007.  The collaboration between Alessi and the National Palace Museum of Taiwan grew out of the museum's wish to open itself further to the international scene, and to encourage greater awareness of Chinese history... Read More
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Overview

Design Year: 2007.

The collaboration between Alessi and the National Palace Museum of Taiwan grew out of the museum's wish to open itself further to the international scene, and to encourage greater awareness of Chinese history and culture in the West. Alessi asked Stefano Giovannoni to imagine and design a sort of mascot for the new Museum of the 21st Century. From this was born the "Family of Mr. Chin" series for the "A di Alessi" catalogue: a group of characters, each of whom represents a specific household function. "Queen Chin" is also a new chapter in the lucid design language that characterizes Stefano's work: instead of the usual method of casting a single piece of plastic from a single injection, the character-objects are made with separate molds (head, hat, body, foot, pompom) which are then assembled like wooden soldiers or porcelain dolls, thereby giving greater articulation to the typical wit and refinement of Giovannoni's decorations of the clothes, which are hand-painted.

Queen Chin Salt, Pepper and Spice Grinder designed by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi, 2007.

Notes:

Delivered in gift packaging. Features an adjustable grinding level and simple dis-assembly for cleaning. Hand wash only.

Specifications

Material(s): Hand-decorated thermoplastic resin

Dimensions: H 5.9" L 3.0" W 2.0"

Models

ASG80

111
Stefano Giovannoni

Designer: Stefano Giovannoni

Born in La Spezia, 1954, Stefano Giovannoni graduated in Architecture in Florence in 1978 and lives and works in Milan. Since 1979 he has taught and done research at the Florence Faculty of Architecture; he is master-professor at Domus Academy in Milan and at the Università del Progetto in Reggio Emilia. He has been invited for workshops at the Royal College of Art in London, at the Academy O. Kochoska in Wien, at the Hochschule der Bildenden Kunst in Saarbrücken and at the Design Quest in Osaka. Giovannoni works as an industrial and interior designer and architect and has worked with companies including Alessi, Flos, Magis, Seiko, Pulsar, Cappellini, Kankyo, and Saab. In 1991 he designed the Italian Pavillon at the exhibition Les Capitales Europeennes du nouveau design at the Centre Georges Pompidou.

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Alessi

Manufacturer: Alessi

Alessi. Art and Poetry.

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 Alessi

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