Alessi 40 Dessert Knife (Set of 6)

Dessert knife.  This cutlery set was one of the first objects designed during the late 1930s by three young architects who became leading exponents of what is known as Lombardy classicism in the field of design and architecture.  It was presented to the public for the first time at the 7th Milan Triennale (1940), as part of a metal and glass exhibition organised by Ignazio Gardella.  The distinctive feature of this cutlery is the equilibrium between the concept of homeware, still artisanal, and its industrial future, a combination which instantly garnered universal approval and admiration.  They are types of cutlery of such great style, purity of form and design, that I have to say that no more beautiful cutlery is produced anywhere else in the world commented Giò Ponti in Domus. A lighter, tapered form with no frills, yet highly functional. Take the prongs of the fork for example: why have four if three are enough?.  This series also reflects the formal and industrial renewal of homeware, characterised at that time by the gradual introduction of new production techniques such as molding and die casting, and the use of new materials such as steel. Two versions of 40 were presented at the Triennale: one in silver and one in vermeil with a porcelain handle. The version we are presenting today, in stainless steel with POM handles, is also a product of the partnership with Luigi Caccia Dominioni.  Manufactured by Alessi. Designed in 2008 (1938).

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