Ettore Sottsass - Alessi Twergi - salt, pepper and spice grinder

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Alessi Twergi handmade salt, pepper and spice grinder shaped out of beech-wood. The ceramic grinder provides full versatility, making this tool suitable for grinding even hard ingredients such as salt crystals and flaked spices. Equipped with two fins at the base of the grinder that allow the coarseness of grinding to be graduated.

The grinder was designed by Ettore Sottsass (1917 - 2007) in 1994. A historical Twergi item since Sottsass himself can be considered as the mean designer of the Alessi Twergi products in the 80s and 90s.

After acquiring one of the oldest woodcrafting companies of the Strona Valley (Battista Piazza 1865) in 1988, Alessi started a new brand called ''Twergi'' in 1989. Twergi means dwarf in the local dialect of Piemonte. It refers to a local dwarf that lives in the woods. For the first time Alessi was making products shaped out of wood. The decision to use materials other than steel turned out to be crucial for the growth of the company. Alessi Twergi therefore symbolizes not only design tradition and quality, but also a fine piece of entrepreneurship and vision.

The grinder is part of the Alessi 100 Values Collection, this is a special initiative that, on the occasion of Alessi’s centennial, celebrates the values that define the identity and the practice of the “Dream Factory”. A collection of astonishing objects, coming from the Alessi Museum’s archives: objects that have never been produced before, unpublished versions, icons caught in their becoming. True collectors items!

This grinder is as new and never been used. Delivered with original packaging and manual.

Ettore Sottsass:
Born in Innsbruck in 1917, he is known the world over as one of the initiators of the revolution in architecture and design which led away from the rigid functionalism of the years prior to and following the Second World War. A great and influential Maestro of Italian design, the energy of his language and the vitality of his colour and line contrast sharply with any intellectualism and rigidity. Sottsass worked for many prestigious brands like Bitossi, Kartell, Artemide and BD Barcelona.

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