Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Pisellino cotton swabs holder | Stefano Giovannoni | Alessi, Italy | 2005

Stefano Giovannoni Pisellino Stefano Giovannoni
Alessi, Italy, 2005

Stefano Giovannoni was born in La Spezia, Italy in 1954. He graduated in Architecture in Florence in 1978. He lives and works in Milan. From 1979 to 1991, he taught and conducted research at the Florence Faculty of Architecture. He has been a master professor at Domus Academy in Milan, the Università del Progetto in Reggio Emilia, and professor of Industrial Design at the University of Architecture in Genova.

Interior designer, architect and teacher, Giovannoni is particularly well known in the field of industrial design. There is an endless list of major firms he has worked with in the design sector: Alessi, Deborah, Fiat, Flos, Helit, Henkel, Inda, Lavazza, Magis, Oregon Scientific, Seiko, Siemens, 3M, Toto and NTT Docomo, amongst others. The Girotondo and Mami series for Alessi, his plastic products, the Bagno Alessi and the “Bombo” series for Magis have made his name famous. Plastic is the element that characterizes much of Giovannoni’s work today. He explains, “Plastic is a very interesting material since it allows for extreme flexibility with regard to shape.”

Today, his creations form part of the permanent archive at the Georges Pompidou Centre and the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His projects have received the Design Plus award at the Frankfurt Fair-Ambiente in 1994, 1996, and 2003; the 1997 100% Design award in London; the Forum Design Hannover award in 1999; and the ISH 2003 award.  He has had designs selected at Compasso d’Oro in 1996 and 1998.

Visit the web presence of Stefano Giovannoni here, which showcases many of his designs and his cv.

Pisselino catalog entryAlessi catalog entry for the Pisellino.

Pisellino promotional image Promotional image for the Pisellino.

While responsible for a wide array of designs, this entry is for the unique “Pisellino” designed for Alessi (designation SG77) in three colors, light green, blue, and orange,  in 2005.  Made of acrylic, the object is a delightful fancy, and a wonderful if not a little risque way to stow your cotton swabs.  Not so risque I didn’t give one to my mom for a gift, though.  Simply lift the swab-like cap on the head of the Pisellino to reveal a swab or nine, and also a “little” something else.  The method of storage is the same as the magic bunny toothpick holder.  Pisellino won’t take up much space in your bathroom (7 cm diameter by 15.5 cm height) but he will make quite an impact.  Still available from hivemodern at $32 and elsewhere as well.

Pisellino promotional image Image source:  Gadgetblog


Anonymous, (2006). People - Stefano Giovannoni. Retrieved February 16, 2009, from Demanio:re Web site: http://www.demaniore.com/opencms/opencms/eng_demanioRe/homePageSezione/magazine/personaggi/home/u1191251981480.html?breadCrumb=Detail

Anonymous, (2009). Featured Speaker - Stefano Giovannoni. Retrieved February 16, 2009, from DMI Conferences Web site: http://www.dmi.org/dmi/html/conference/europe09/sp_giovannoni.htm

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