The Alessandro M. Corkscrew was designed by Alessandro Mendini for the Alessi label.
Shaped like a bowler-hatted gentleman, it's a light-hearted, enjoyable kitchen utensil that will be great fun to pull out of the drawer when a bottle of wine needs uncorking. Born in 1931, Mendini has been one of the most prominent Milanese designers since the 1960s. Beginning as an architect, he spent the 1970s writing about design and architecture before returning to pure product design in the 1980s. The result was a fine collection of fun utensils and furnishings, many of which were created for the Alessi label.
The Alessandro M. Corkscrew is a lot more than a conventional corkscrew. The first thing that strikes you about it is the jaunty figure that forms the case, but underneath the figure, there's a highly efficient and robust screw that will be able to handle cork and plastic stoppers with ease.
The corkscrew as a whole measures 21.7 x 6 cm, so it's the perfect size to slip into your hand. When there's nothing to open, it will still stand proudly on the table, ready to be put to good use.