Product Feature – Juicy Salif

The Juicy Salif, designed by Philippe Starck and manufactured by the Italian kitchenware company Alessi, is one of those squeezers that is actually not meant to squeeze!


Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck for Alessi

According to Starck, this squeezer was ”not meant to squeeze lemons” but “to start conversations”.

Of its genesis, Alessi founder Alberto Alessi recalls: “I received a napkin from Starck, on it among some incomprehensible marks (tomato sauce, in all likelihood) there were some sketches. Sketches of squid. They started on the left, and as they worked their way over to the right, they took on the unmistakable shape of what was to become the juicy salif. While eating a dish of squid and squeezing a lemon over it, Starck drew on the napkin his famous lemon squeezer.”

Standing tall at 29 cm, it is made from cast and polished aluminium. It is a true icon of industrial design, even earning a display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).