- Designer : Marcel Wanders
- Year of Design : 2016
- Material : 18/10 stainless steel
- Dimensions : 21.6cm x 13cm; H: 16.2cm
- Limited Edition of 999 numbered pieces
Massimo the Ringleader or Ringmaster by Marcel Wanders for Alessi is part of the Limited Edition "Circus" collection. Wanders presents this piece with a poetic, somewhat poignant story He's a ringmaster turned slightly crazy, who thinks he is still in command of the circus, and instead spends his days being transported around by his trained monkey chasing a banana. From this tale an enchanting object comes to life: on a small shiny carriage stands the imposing figure of the “Ringleader”, with his distinctive red coat, elegant top hat and thick black moustache. Before him his little monkey, endlessly toiling, fuelled by his longing for the unreachable banana suspended in front of his eyes. With a strong tap on the ringmaster’s top hat, the object’s function becomes clear: “Ringleader” is a stylish call bell, the mechanism of which is concealed under the broad crimson tailcoat.
As well as everyday objects the Circus collection includes 6 character designs, each with their own persona and exquisitely detailed to capture the atmosphere and pageantry under the Big Top. Each piece is limited to 999 pieces worldwide and is numbered, making these true collectors pieces.
A sculptural object this lovable Ringleader is dedicated to true connoisseurs of the applied arts, and is composed of 35 parts in 18/10 stainless steel produced using three different production processes. Lost wax casting, for complex design elements with minute details to be reproduced; CNC machining for details that require high-precision execution for the purpose of coupling; and flatbed laser cutting for complex geometric figures. Each one is decorated with decal transfers appliquéd by hand and then kiln-fired. Any slight variations in the colour or decal appliqué – either between one item and another, or over time – should be considered intrinsic characteristics of a product made employing an artisan process, which results in each item being truly unique.
Watch the Circus Collection Video