Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer Case Study
By Oliver Gaskell
The Juicy Salif is a citrus juicer designed in 1990 by French designer Phillipe Starck for the kitchenware company Alessi. It is made from polished aluminium and costs £49.99.
The original design was inspired by the squid Phillipe Starck was eating when he came up with the idea. It has a juicier which tapers to a point so the juice which runs down it from the rounded top used to juice the fruit will drip of in the middle, which is supported by three legs. They initially go upwards to prevent juice running down them and then downwards, tapering to a narrow point. The ends of the legs have rubberised grips to prevent sliding.
Aluminium was chosen because it is a highly reactive metal. THis means shortly after production a protective oxide layer will have been formed on the surface of the metal which is extremely nonreactive, corrosion resistant and strong, making it perfect for a citrus juicer which will constantly be in contact with acidic juice.
Whilst the design should work in theory, it has many flaws. The first is its instability. Whilst it does have rubberised grips, they are very narrow and insufficient due to the tapered legs. Also, because the body of the juicy is solid and very heavy, the centre of gravity is very high, meaning the product is very wobbly. These two factors combined means that the juicer must be held steady with a second hand.
Another large flaw is the ineffectiveness of the juicer to keep the juice on the body and therefore in the cup below. While the juicer is being used, the juice tends to spray outwards from the body, meaning not only is juice wasted, possibly necessitating another fruit/citrus, the surface will need cleaning after use.
This is not a problem in ordinary citrus juicers due to the large plate area around the main juicer.
Also, the juicer has no catchment for pips or pulp. This means the user will either have to remove pips by hand or strain the juice, resulting in extra equipment to wash and wasting time. This is easily combated in standard citrus juicers with a filter which catches pips and pulp.
The Juicy Salif, whilst it is considered as a piece of art and a masterpiece of modern design, is very unpractical and not fit for everyday use; it is a prime example of form over function.
By Oliver Gaskell | 2018 | olivergaskell.tk