zaha hadid designed cheese grater for alessi presented at maison et objet

zaha hadid designed cheese grater for alessi presented at maison et objet


maison et objet: alessi has launched an array of products at maison et objet in paris designed by acclaimed product designers and architects. joining this new collection is the zaha hadid-designed ‘forma’ cheese grater; one of the many items crafted from stainless steel at alessi’s factory in crusinallo di omegna.

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the product is comprised of two elements: a sculptural black base holding a mirror-polished stainless steel grater
image © (here and above) alessandro milani



following the aesthetic zaha hadid has created in many of her architectural works, the alessi grater is derived by natural forms. presented with a selection of alessi’s other new collaborations at maison et objet, the cheese grater is similar to a pebble or rock that has been smoothed over time by water and wind. ‘forma’ consists of two elements: a sculptural black base holding a mirror-polished stainless steel grater. the ergonomic shape is carefully designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the user’s hand. the ease of handling is influenced by its metal surface which is punctured by the unique hole pattern and as a product, it adds a taste of architecture into the kitchen tabletop.

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the mini piece of architecture is influenced by the natural formation of pebbles
image © lessandro milani



‘a pattern of asymmetrical holes allows for the cheese to be grated and sprinkled unevenly, giving a unique texture to any dish. the grater is paired with a stand creating an overall sculptural centerpiece; from rock to grate, this piece is both playful yet functional.’ zaha hadid architects

the pattern of asymmetrical holes allow for unevenly grated and sprinkled cheese
image © leonardo scotti

forma is one of the last industrial products designed by the renowned architect
image © leonardo scotti

read our article on the recently opened alessi in-possible exhibition at the triennale design museum in milan here
image © mike de pasquale



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