Design by Lorenzo Piccione Di Pianogrillo and Köbi Wiesendanger, 2007.
Lorenzo Piccione di Pianogrillo is a Sicilian olive oil producer. Inspired over the last few years by the growing interest in quality oil and having noted that, both for restaurants and private homes, tables were completely missing an instrument that allowed people to properly taste the magnificent product that is extra virgin olive oil, along with Köbi Wiesendanger, he decided to create something that was missing from the Alessi Encyclopedia: the Olive Oil Taster.
The Olive Oil Taster was designed as a personal object for each diner. In fact, it isn't an oil cruet but an instrument created to collect the perfumes and the magnificent fruity taste of extra virgin olive oil, to allow the diner to experience the features that make the product unique and special. Its size was designed to allow the full aromatic range of the oil to be tasted as well as for it to be used as the diner to experience the features that make the product unique and special. Its size was designed to allow the full aromatic range of the oil to be tasted as well as for it to be used as a small dispenser for direct use, avoiding open bottles from being placed on the table, which is often unattractive. Fill the olive oil taster with a small amount of oil, about half a demitasse full. Close the cover and hold the olive oil taster in your hand for about a minute to warm its contents. Then open the cover and breathe in the smells of the oil, trying to pick out its features. Finally, taste the oil, letting it wash around your mouth for a moment, inhaling so that it comes in direct contact with your taste buds. The oil content will be enough for one taste but may also be used directly by using a pouring spout.
Material(s): 18/10 mirror-polished stainless steel
Designer: Lorenzo Piccione Di Pianogrillo
Lorenzo Piccione di Pianogrillo, born in Legnano but originating from a historic Sicilian family that moved to the north, took courses at the Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan and at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, also in Milan. He has maintained contacts with the land of his origins, transforming family properties into a modern and prestigious olive-oil agricultural enterprise. He has thus developed great experience in the production of extra virgin olive oil over the course of the years, reflecting his great passion for agriculture and the production of quality olives. He has two children; he is a photographer and a keen pianist.View other products by Lorenzo Piccione Di Pianogrillo
Designer: Kšbi Wiesendanger
Köbi Wiesendanger, Swiss, was born in Zug. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Zurich. He has worked as art-director for Young & Rubicam in Milan, Brussels, Amsterdam and New York. Co-founder and creative director of TBWA Italia. He opened his own studio, working on design and creative consultancy in the areas of furnishing, fashion and communications. He also works as an illustrator and creator of characters, above all in Italy and Japan. With his wife he formed the company Avant de Dormir, for which he has designed all the collections and over 5,000 objects. Some of his design works have been exhibited in museums, under the direction of Philippe Starck and Jean Nouvel. He likes being a painter.View other products by Kšbi Wiesendanger
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.
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