Alessi Bottle Stoppers - Banana Boys set of threeSize: 3cm x 2.5cm, height 8cm
Designer: Stefano Giovannoni
The Alessi Banana Boys bottle caps depict the three monkeys that can be seen in many Oriental temples: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. They are made in thermoplastic material, and they are entirely hand-decorated.
Alessi Banana range - see more of the range here
Alessi OrienTales Range
The banana boys bottle stoppers are part of a new for 2008 family of products cleverly called OrienTales. OrienTales is a result of an ongoing collaboration with the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, which begain in 2007 with the "Chin Family". It was coming into close contact with the extraordinary collection of art works at the National Palace Museum that set Stefano's imagination racing, inspiring him to explore the millennial tradition of Chinese applied arts and develop his own contemporary interpretation of them. This interpretation is in keeping with the playful style of which the designer is an acknowledged master, a characteristic that in the designs presented today, takes a very new form.
It is important to remember that the objects presented here, just like the ones in the "Chin Family", characters or flowers and fruits, each performing the roles of domestic household objects, are made partly in hand-decorated plastic and partly in fine bone china, also hand-decorated. The magic of Giovannoni's design lies in the fact that these objects recall the grace of 18th century ceramic trinkets, while at the same time being utterly contemporary!