The Juicy Salif lemon squeezer by Philippe Starck - designed for AlessiSeveral lemon squeezers have past through my hands including Philippe Starck's Juicy Salif. I love it, the lemon juicer appeals to my sense of design, and importantly, I have used it. However, it doesn't separate the pith and the seeds, it requires a little bowl, not included, to fit snugly between its rocket style legs requiring you to hold on to them, with some difficulty, whilst squeezing the lemons. Juicy Salif now compliments my stainless steel kitchen shelf, where I admire it as an object d'art, but not a lemon squeezer. My mother used a cheap pressed glass juicer all her life which worked a treat.
Over the years many tin openers have also been purchased, hands free, soft handle, easy open, electric. My mother's little manual tin opener was used week in and week out and as far as I remember it lasted her all her life. Graters too, I have one on an electric machine which is such a hassle to drag out of the cupboard, assemble, and then there's the cleaning of all the bits and pieces after use. I have fancy Parmesan graters that are difficult to clean and reassemble, others that scratch your skin and break your nails whilst cleaning.
When in France I decided to stock up on some good old fashioned kitchen gadgets, I suspected that French households would not put up with the rubbish tin openers we get here in the UK. I am thinking about the ones that emulate my mother's little tin opener which today either don't open the tin cleanly and efficiently or come apart within days.
Armed with a few euros I entered my son's local supermarché in Paris and headed towards the kitchen section. Joy of joys all the old fashioned stuff was available piled high on the shelves and it was so cheap. They all appear to be very well made and work perfectly. With the strong pound against the euro I paid only €6 = £4.50 for all three items.