Artist/Designer: Massimo Morozzi
b. 1941 - 2014 Florence
Title: The Pasta-Set 1982 - 2002
Medium: 18/10 Stainless Steel with a heat diffusing bottom
Dimensions: 11.75" h x 9" diameter, 5 quart capacity
Details: Colander with handles for straining pasta inside pot. The knob on the lid is hollow to allow steam to escape. This one is an original prototype sent from Italy to be used as trade show sample for new product introduction. Displayed for years as the New York wholesale showroom sample. Purchased from an Alessi employee only sale. As prototypes, often in an early production stage, they could not be sold to the public, as testing had not been completed. Stickers denoting prototype and model number on bottom.
Notes from the Archive: Massimo Morozzi designed the pasta set in 1982, as part of his interest in concentrating on Mediterranean cooking objects for "making pasta". Alberto Alessi's interest in working with Morozzi was both due to his experience with Archizoom and radical design along with his goal of manufacturing the perfect cooking objects. Although it was not a completely new idea to have the colander inside the pot, (there are traces of it in a 16th Century text by Scappi), there was not a version available for private use. This design won a Gold Medal in 1986 and was immensely popular and still continues to influence the market.
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