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"I like irony, I like to play a game, I like to stay far away from rhetoric: that’s the reason why I let the objects I design express all these ideas, turning them into a sort of toys you can use even though you’ve grown up."
With these words, Alessandro Mendini, Italian architect, designer and artist – one of the protagonists of the renewal of Italian design in the 80s under the name of "Neo-modernism"- describes the mood that inspired him whille he created one of the most iconic kitchen design utensils: Anna G., a corkscrew in the shape of a woman.
My projects grew out not so much out of signs,
as of words in the form almost of visual poetry
Projected for Alessi – the famous Italian contemporary design houseware company - in 1993 and released the following year, this fun bottle opener was modeled by Alessandro Mendini after the female body: you have to turn Anna’s “head” to insert the screw, while her “arms” rise along the body and the vintage dress she wears.
Her smiling face, nice eyes and the peculiar haircut, make this corkscrew a “design portrait”: “This play on the portraiture of design is something I like very much,” says the author.
The facial expression and the thin, long-limbed body Mendini designed for the bottle opener probably is ispired by the artist and designer Anna Gili, Mendini and Alessi’s good friend, that gave the name to the corkscrew.