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Dr. Skud Fly Swatter

by Philippe Starck, from Alessi

dr. skud fly swatter

dr. skud fly swatter

Design Philippe Starck, 1998
Thermoplastic resin
Made in Italy by Alessi

Starck's output spans precision mechanisms (such as the clocks or the radio) and seemingly everyday objects, such as the Dr. Skud fly swatter. Great fun and a useful tool for the feeble hunter who prefers to go after small game. Look closely and you will see the visage of "Dr. Skud" in the upper portion. A beautiful gift box makes this an attractive and very affordable gift.

Available in your choice of colors.

17.25" h | 3.75" w | 2.75" d

$29.50 + $8.00 shipping
(in-stock items usually ship in 1-2 business days. Otherwise, please allow approximately 3 weeks for delivery.)

Philippe Starck

Paris-born Philippe Patrick Starck (b. 1949) has a wide range of design, but is very well known for his consumer goods and interiors. He was educated in Paris at the École Camondo and founded his first design firm, which specialized in inflatable objects, in 1968. The next year, he became art director of his firm along with Pierre Cardin. He has worked both independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975. After designing the private apartment interiors for French President François Mitterrand in 1982, his career began to climb significantly. In 1986 he joined Domus Academy Department of Design as an associate lecturer. Two of Starck's famous designs include stylized toothbrushes (1989) and a sleek juicer dubbed the Juicy Salif created for Alessi in 1990. The Juicy Salif has become an affordable and popular cult item.
Alessi was founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi to produce crafted metal products for eating and drinking. In 1935, Carlo Alessi, son of Giovanni, was named chief designer. In 1945, he ascended to chief executive and designed the coffee service Bombe, an industrial piece manufactured in four sizes. That same year Carlo's younger brother, Ettore Alessi, joined the company as a technician. By the 1980s, Alberto Alessi took over the management of Alessi and launched the Alessi company into the design decade through collaborations with designers such as Philippe Starck and his playful three-legged Juicy Salif citrus squeezer.

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Product Review on a Flyswatter?
, less than a month ago.
Yeah well... it is an *Alessi* flyswatter. I bought my original bright purple one in Italy, probably 20 years ago and I loved him. All that time he sat a windowsill in the kitchen so the light illuminated his face. Some of my friends said he was creepy, but I thought he was cool (a potential theme in my life that we are not going to go into in a product review...). But alas, a couple of weeks ago my original guy shattered while protecting me from a huge-a** spider. I guess all that sun weakened him - to be honest, he was never that flexible to begin with.

So the part that NOBODY understands (even me) is that I wanted to pay $30 to replace him. A flyswatter. (On the other hand, don't you wish it was always that easy?) Don't ask me why - something about the creepy/cool thing. I searched high and low and the only place I found him was hive. They only had one color - grey, which makes the new guy perhaps even creepier... but still very cool.

Now New Grey Guy sits on the windowsill in my home office, keeping me safe from COVID germs (No, that was a joke. Vaccinations are the only thing that does that.). Because of his lack of flexibility, he will not be used for swatting insects however, even big-a** spiders. (the four stars instead of five...)

So I am doing a product review on a $30 flyswatter that I do not intend to use to swat flies. I guess it's not so much a product review as a commentary on fond memories and the importance of surrounding yourself with things you love to look at - and if you actually use them for their intended purpose, all the better.
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dr. skud fly
, more than a month ago.
Love it and also thrilled I found this as mine of over 30 yrs broke and was purchased in St. Louis, Mo - elated to have it back and I got one for a friend too!!!!
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