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Piccantino created by LPWK et Jim Hannon-Tan is a Chili scruncher to use in the kitchen or on the table and brings to mind the famous red chili-shaped good luck charm from Naples. In delicate, biological design it unites two very different senses: the tender softness of transparent rubber and the hard elegance of polished steel. It was conceived to solve the problem this irritating spice presents of coming into direct contact with the skin and mucous membranes. When gentle pressure is applied on the rubber container, red pepper gets broken into small pieces without the fingers coming in contact. It can be a gift; a small, precious object for connoisseurs of spicy food… and like chili itself: it goes just about anywhere.
Born in Bergamo, Italy, Laura Polinoro graduated in Drama Art and Music Studies in Bologna. Her first job was in the field of contemporary dance as art director and costume and set designer. Later she undertook research at the Domus Academy in Milan. From 1990 to 1998 she was in charge of the Centro Studi Alessi, where she operated as meta-project designer and art director, coordinating workshops both in-house and in association with various universities and design institutes the world over. She was also involved in publishing and communications activities. Items which entered production in that period are identified with the acronym “CSA”. Since 2004 products overseen by Ms. Polinoro have been identified with the letters "LPWK"
Born in Santiago de Compostela Spain in 1975 and grew up in Australia. Jim has been based in Milan since 2001 and has collaborated with Stefano Giovannoni, Sebastian Bergne, Jozeph Forakis and George J Sowden. He finds inspiration in new technologies and cultural misunderstandings.