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After Marc Newson's Shaker "Cosmo" and Jasper Morrison's "Bolly" bottle cooler, here is the next episode in the bar and wines saga that over the last few years we have been writing for the new century. Ron Arad has excelled himself creating a small family of objects that, as usual, are not only heavily iconic on the aesthetic plane, but each is hallmarked by an innovative, curious performance: the twisted shape of the shaker should make you think that the liquid inside is going to "twist", then there is the "spindle-type" movement of the stirrer and the handbag-style two-bottle cooler that you can even hang from the table, which are just some of the more appealing examples of the attention-grabbing effect that is achieved with an unexpected application of a specific shape/function to a completely new typological context.
Designer: Ron Arad
Ron was born in Tel Aviv in 1951, he studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and at the Architectural Association of London where Bernard Tschumi was his teacher and Nigel Coates and Zaha Hadid his colleagues. He lives and works in London where he teaches at The Royal College of Art. Putting architecture to one side for a while, although he has in fact recently returned to that discipline, Ron turned his attention to design and began working with several Italian companies. He has created some world-famed pieces and is a true virtuoso as can been seen in works like his performance: Ron is always searching for new unconventional solutions for common objects and experimenting with new technologies and materials in innovative forms.
Founded in 1921 as a âWorkshop for the processing of brass and nickel silver sheet metal, with foundryâ, Alessi has always stood out for the high quality of its products. In almost a century of history, the company has gradually evolved to become one of the âFactories of Italian designâ, capable of applying its expertise and excellence in design management to many different product types. Open to change and international development, Alessi at the same time has a strong bond with the traditions and cultural background of its area and continues to be synonymous with handcrafted objects produced with the help of machines.
Since the Company's Foundation in 1921 the Majority of Alessi Products have Been Manufactured through the Cold Working of Metals, a Tradition that is Kept Alive Today by the Skilled Workers at the Crusinallo Plant in Omegna."p" Over time, Alessi also began to work with many other materials, such as porcelain, glass, wood, and plastic. A specific production method was developed for each one. Even when production takes place outside the Crusinallo plant, Alessiâs guidelines ensure the companyâs original production quality standards, continuing to reconcile industrial technological complexity with an artisanal eye for detail. "p" The objects produced from the different materials are manufactured in various production plants across the world. They remain original Alessi objects in that they are conceived with the same design excellence and produced with the same attention to quality that sets the companyâs products apart.