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New salt and pepper mill from design icon Richard Sapper for Alessi

April 10, 2012 |  6:00 am

SaltyRichard Sapper, the designer of Artemide’s Tizio lamp and so many other iconic designs, including the beloved 9090 stovetop espresso maker, has something new for the Italian housewares firm Alessi. Here comes the Tonga electric salt, pepper and spice mill.  

I’m not much for gadgets, but this looks like something I’d actually use. Slightly tilted, it also happens to be handsome enough to use at the table. The housing is thermoplastic resin. Inside, Sapper has made sure the ceramic grindstones turn effortlessly — and quietly.

The mill is 2½ inches in diameter and 9 inches tall, available in black or white for $120 from the Alessi online store and in a week or two from Alessi at Diva, 313 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 276-7096. 

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Photos: Tonga salt, pepper and spice mill. Credit: Alessi

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