Friday, May 8, 2009

Alessi Cocktail Shakers - From the Sublime to the Supreme

By Axel W.

Consider the humble cocktail shaker. Sometimes simple is best. Other times, you want something fancy. But whether you are looking for the Baroque version of this essential item or want something Scandinavian minimalist, you'll find what you're looking for in the Alessi cocktail shaker catalog.

The classic Model 870, designed by Mazzeri Carlo and Massoni Luigi, is an example of something plain. But, "plain" here is nowhere near "boring". Think instead of "plainly artistic", or "plainly elegant". Or, just call it plain lovely.

If the exotic is your preference, fear not. You are different and your selection of mixed drink implements should reflect that, like all your selections. Explore the distinctly different Alessi Chiringuito cocktail shaker.

There's more to this piece than an unusual name. This beautiful piece from the minds of Arad Ron and Gozzi Alberto will add a touch of the abstract to your home. Yet it is the perfect utilitarian object for its purpose. That combination is rare. Like you. Embrace it.

Equally unusual, and wholly different from the Chiringuito shaker is the Alessi 90021. True, it's just a number. But take a look and you'll see this one-of-a-kind design wasn't just stamped out on a press. It is an impressive, distinctive work of art by Stave Sylvia.

Reminiscent of a fine tea kettle, it is uniquely qualified to mix superb cocktails, thanks to a mirror-polished stainless steel body and functional spout. Yet, it is so lovely you'll never be tempted to hide it away in the bar. This objet d'art will find a prominent place on the counter where it will quickly become a topic of conversation.

But what is a cocktail without a way to measure the ingredients? The simple L 865 will deceive you into believing it is just a tiny pair of cups glued back to back. Look closer and you'll see a device that has been raised to museum status. The 18/10 stainless steel ensures you of complete functionality. The highly polished exterior adds a shine to the decor while it does its job.

That classic style comes in an American version: the Boston shaker. Its traditional appearance has echoes of the city of its historical birth. Still, it manages to be an up-to-the minute design.

Now treat yourself to the complete package with the Il bar Alessi, containing the Boston cocktail shaker, a strainer, and a mixing rod. With an integrated designed by Sottsass Ettore, this is more than a cocktail mixing set. It is a multi-pronged sculpture that combines the best of American classic design with European sensibility. The elegance of treatment has even been extended to the box, where simplicity says it all.

Take your cocktail mixing from the mundane to the magnificent. Investigate the whole line of Alessi shakers and utensils.

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