The efficient Scoiattolo Nutcracker was created by Andrea Branzi for Italian manufacturer Alessi.
The current creative direction of the Alessi design franchise seeks to build items around an ethos of emotional, nostalgic and unexpected affectation. That said, they never compromise on their original mission of creating effective and practical utensils for the personal or professional kitchen. The Scoiattolo Nutcracker expresses this blend of the artistic and the pragmatic perfectly.
Crafted from wood and stainless steel, its appearance is one of elegance and old-world durability. The title literally means squirrel, and the unusual shape of the nutcracker is meant to reflect this curious creature and its beautiful yet functional tail, as well as its symbiotic relation to nuts. The Scoiattolo Nutcracker possesses enough power in its leverage function to handle just about any nut and is easy to use and maintain. The curious design of the piece means that it can stand as a simple ornament when not in use, and it looks just as at home on a bar counter as it would on your kitchen one. We recommend you get a little nutty and enjoy this playful creation from the Italian design powerhouse.