Alessi's upcoming Spring/Summer 2008 product line builds on their reputation for smartly-designed kitchenware. This season, the Italian company employed the talents of a handful of celebrated designers to create some interesting twists on standard fare.
One example is the sleekly egg-shaped â€œPop-Upâ€ bottle cap opener, which is work of Milanese designer Giovanni Alessi Anghini. The pressure-operated mechanism removes the bottle cap in one downward motion and an interior magnet holds onto the loose cap for a simple, neat transaction.
Also, Dutch architect Wiel Arets took a break from making buildings to design a kitchen set consisting of corkscrew, salt grinder and pepper mill (titled "screw.it," "salt.it" and "pepper.it," and pictured respectively). They combine a simple function in an eye-catching form that coincides well with Arets' similar-looking "coffee.it" espresso pot.