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Alessi PSJS Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

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4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
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  • Juicy Salif citrus squeezer in aluminum by Philippe Starck in 1990
  • Iconic design of the 20th century that graciously welds form and function, with humor.
  • Packaging: 1 piece in a box
  • ALESSI collection
  • 5-1/2 inch diameter, 11-1/2 inch height
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One of the first projects by French designer, Philippe Starck for Alessi. The Juicy Salif was devised in the second half of the 1980s (along with the Walter Wayle II wall clock, the Hot Bertaa kettle and the large Max le Chinois colander). An excellent example of Alessis role as artistic mediator in the most turbulent areas of creative potential (the piece was his response to our precise briefing for a stainless steel tray), it remains unparalleled in its ability to generate discussions about its meaning and design, partly because of its unconventional use of what semiologists refer to as the decorative veil which, even though generally in a less overt manner, is inexorably destined to cover all objects created by man. To fully understand the true meaning of its existence, it is possibly necessary to refer to the theories of Leroy-Gourham, who considers the notion of functional approximation to be fundamental. This notion suggests that there is always a certain degree of freedom in interpreting relationships between Form and Function: it is precisely this continual play between Form and Function that leads to the decorative veil mentioned above, that Floch considers to be the manifestation of the legendary and aesthetic dimension of the object, as originally defined by Greimas. As well as being the most controversial citrus fruit squeezer of the 20th century, it has also become one of the icons of design of the 1990s, and it continues to be one of the most provocatively intelligent articles in the Alessi catalog.

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Product Dimensions 6 x 6 x 11 inches
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department Home Decor
Manufacturer Alessi
ASIN B00004YTQZ
Origin Italy
Item model number PSJS
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4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #99,141 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#210 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Fruit & Vegetable Tools > Manual Juicers
Date first available at Amazon.com December 6, 2006

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What I like best about this juicer is how streamlined and, well, basically perfect it is. There is no distinction between form and function in this stunning piece: What makes it work is what makes it beautiful. I like to bring it out on the piazza when I brunch, so that the early sun sparkles on the chrome while I squeeze just a few drops of blood orange juice into a flute of champagne. There's nothing better than sitting around a table laden with delicacies with a group of friends who admire the beauty of simple objects like this juicer.

In addition to being visually stunning, this juicer is also a tremendous time saver. When guests see it in my kitchen, it saves me a lot of time that might otherwise be spent explaining that I am a gigantic, pretentious douche.
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I've had my eye on this object for a while and always admired the beautiful form. I had been under the impression that it also had very good function as a juicer, so I thought I was take the plunge and buy one to replace the simple and conventional glass juicer we already owned.

The form is indeed beautiful when you open the box, but the function is pretty poor. First, if you read the instructions inside the box, it makes clear this is only designed as a lemon squeezer. Don't call it a "citrus squeezer" on the website and box exterior if you can't use it for oranges and grapefruit. And, believe me you can't. You'll get almost as much juice on the wall and counter as you do in the glass since the juice will spray in every direction. Even when I very delicately spent a minute or so carefully squeezing a lemon half into a mug, there was a fair amount of lemon juice sprayed on the counter. This never happens with the simple glass manual squeezer we've had for years.

In short, if you want something that looks nice on your counter but barely works, this is the juicer for you. If you squeeze oranges and grapefruits with any regularity for a glass of juice, don't waste your time.
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Although it is possible to squeeze juice with this device, it is not easy to use and not efficient.

As a design object it is a classic and makes an interesting decoration in the kitchen, but that's where it stops.

Firstly, for all but the tallest of people, the working position when using this squeezer is most uncomfortable when you place it on a typical work top or kitchen counter - the place where 99% of users would logically place it. The height of the device itself, added to the height of the counter, places the squeezing position at a height that makes it difficult to really exert the required amount of pressure and control.

This is exacerbated by the fact that the tripod design has a tendency to tilt when you put pressure on it anywhere but centered, so you have to hold it down firmly with one hand and even when you do, it is still not easy to prevent it from wobbling when you're rotating the fruit on it.

The shape and size of the squeezing end is fine for limes, but most other citrus fruits are considerably larger, and the juice inevitably squirts out the sides and onto the counter, appliances, your shirt, or whatever else may be in your general vicinity. Though most of the juice runs down the squeezer and drips off the little tip on the bottom into the container as it should, there is usually a bit of a mess when you're done.
Trying to 'cup' the fruit with your hand over it to prevent this, simply ends up diverting the juice, so that it runs down your palm instead of down the shaft of the juicer.

The shallow grooves (by comparison to most typical squeezers), awkward position for proper pressure and size & shape of the squeezing end, all result in an inefficient squeeze of all the juice. Most $2.
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For everyone interested in purchasing this fruit squeezer, it is important to be aware that it is not intended to actually squeeze fruit with... it's a fascinating decorative object for your kitchen.

So don't buy this product if you like fruit juice, but certainly do buy it if you like design... personally I love it.

Wikipedia has a useful small article on the Juicy Salif:
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While this is a great juicer, I like it more as a conversation piece. It looks like a UFO has just landed on my kitchen counter. I bought it over the holidays (Merry Christmas to me) and everyone who has come to my house since has asked about it. It's beautiful in its simplicity and clean lines. Love the history of how this little juicer came to be. Expensive (really expensive), but worth it. If you must know about the function....just place a wee dish under the pointy piece, use the top like a reamer and the juice just slides down and into the dish. Strain before using to get out the pips and pulp. Easy peasy.
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Salif squeezer: this is a neat metal sculpture, a piece of art, that stands by itself and not really the juicer you want to heavy use if you make money with a lemonade stand.You can buy at your local store a cheap, electric squeezer than works 10 times faster, but this piece is not an ordinary citrus squeezer. It is a beautifully crafted object, a design absolutely unique, and 110% a great piece of conversation that must not be concealed in a cabinet... it has to be exposed on the counter, or anywhere, as I said... has identity and it stands by itself! I receive-it as a gift and I'm so happy I own it, and Yes I do use it to squeeze lemons and limes, in fact is the only squeezer I have in my kitchen. Like other products made by Alessi it looks and perform great ! Love it !
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