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It’s only the beginning of February and already Alessi is killing it with their (Spring/Summer) 2012 collection. Last week I was impressed by Marcel Wanders’ “Dressed” collection and this week I’m digging Giulio Iacchetti’s “Ape” aperitivo set. Alessi specialized in cocktail products in the 50s and Iacchetti’s design is a clear callback to those days. Designed to be used either in the home or restaurant/bar, the set includes a bowl and spoon for mixed nuts, a container for olives, a toothpick holder, a bowl for chips, a wooden cheese board and a dish for discarded toothpicks and olive pits.
“Three little inventions have been added to the family: a self standing cocktail stick holder, which can also be inserted in the olive bowl if desired, a teaspoon with a special cavity for picking up peanuts, and a steel container with lid for concealing little bits of rubbish from view.”
I love how Iacchetti has used the same stainless steel form for both the dish stem/base and the toothpick holder, so the entire set takes on the dynamic of landscape with varying heights and materials.