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LCD02 - 40, cutlery/flatware set




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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 (another model was also presented at this exhibition, later produced by Alessi under the name “Caccia”). 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 moulding and die casting, and the use of new materials such as steel. In 1990, Alessi began producing “Caccia” in 18/10 stainless steel and silver-plated nickel silver (later replaced by steel in 2004). The series was completed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni who designed the pieces not included in the original project. 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.