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Lorenzo Piccione from Pianogrillo is a Sicilian olive oil producer. Like many before him, Piccione has observed the growth in interest in quality oil, but he alone noticed that there was no utensil that allowed knowledgeable tasting of this wonderful substance. And so he designed a completely new type of object for the Encyclopedia Alessi: the personal oil taster.
Lorenzo Piccione di Pianogrillo, born in Legnano but originating from a historic Sicilian family that moved to the north, took courses at the Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan and at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, also in Milan. He has maintained contacts with the land of his origins, transforming family properties into a modern and prestigious olive-oil agricultural enterprise. He has thus developed great experience in the production of extra virgin olive oil over the course of the years, reflecting his great passion for agriculture and the production of quality olives. He has two children; he is a photographer and a keen pianist.
Köbi Wiesendanger, Swiss, was born in Zug. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Zurich. He has worked as art-director for Young & Rubicam in Milan, Brussels, Amsterdam and New York. Co-founder and creative director of TBWA Italia. He opened his own studio, working on design and creative consultancy in the areas of furnishing, fashion and communications. He also works as an illustrator and creator of characters, above all in Italy and Japan. With his wife he formed the company Avant de Dormir, for which he has designed all the collections and over 5,000 objects. Some of his design works have been exhibited in museums, under the direction of Philippe Starck and Jean Nouvel. He likes being a painter.