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The Ice tongs have been in the Alessi catalogue since 1979 and belongs to the historical production. It’s the fruit of the extensive research by Alberto Gozzi on professional bar & wine utensils. The Ice tongs were conceived by Ettore Sottsass, internationally recognized as one of the initiators of the revolution in design, and have become a classic, a true archetype of restaurant industry and private service, an "essential" objects, with its proportions, lightness and function.
Born in Innsbruck in 1917, he is known the world over as one of the initiators of the revolution in architecture and design which led away from the rigid functionalism of the years prior to and following the Second World War. A great and influential Maestro of Italian design, the energy of his language and the vitality of his colour and line contrast sharply with any intellectualism and rigidity. He dies in December 2007.