Beautiful Design - Alessi Juicy Salif

Alessi Juicy Salif by Philippe Stark 1990 Form vs Function Lemon Squeezer

Been trying to be a bit healthier and I heard that warm lemon water in the morning was a good way to start the day. Of course, being a lover of design, I couldn’t just get any old lemon squeezer, so I figured I’d go all in and get one of the most iconic pieces of design in modern history… The Alessi Juicy Salif.

Designed by Philippe Stark in 1990, the Juicy Salif has been displayed in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Supposedly the design came about whilst Stark was squeezing lemon juice over squid in a restaurant. He then refined the design on a dirty napkin before finalising the iconic industrial form. Some have said that this is an affordable sculpture rather than a kitchen utensil, and I think there is some merit to that sentiment.

Whilst at Art College, this was one of the pieces of design that we studied, so to own one now gives me a strange sense of completion of that part of my story. Many consider the Juicy Salif to be an example of form over function, but truth be told, it actually works really well. You put the lemon on the top and twist it whilst pushing down. The juice is channeled down through the grooves to the tip at the bottom, where it drips into whatever you place under it. The only thing the Alessi won’t do is catch the pips, but that’s a small price to pay for something so beautiful right?