Scoiattolo Nutcracker, des. Andrea Branzi for Alessi


By: Alessi


The Scoiattolo (Italian for squirrel) nutcracker is named after the playful stainless steel squirrel decoration that sits upon the wooden base in a classic paws raised, nut-nibbling pose. The generously proportioned tail acts as the lever that lowers to crack even the hardest of nuts.

The Scoiatollo Nutcracker by the late, great architect, designer and academic Andrea Branzi makes a simultaneously whimsical and functional addition to your tablescape. 

Product Details:

  • Nutcracker in 18/10 Stainless Steel and Wood.
  • Approx dimensions: H: 24cm, L: 12 cm, W: 7cm 

About Andrea Branzi: 

Born in Florence in 1938, Branzi was an Italian architect, designer and academic.

Branzi studied as an architect at the Florence School of Architecture. He received his degree in 1966, then founded Archizoom Associati with Gilberto Corretti, Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi in 1966 in Florence where they developed the No-Stop City. In 1976, he established Studio Alchimia and in the 1980s began to associate with the Memphis Group. Branzi also served as the cultural director of Domus Academy, Italy’s first postgraduate design school, for its first ten years. His design works are included in permanent collections of museums such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria&Albert Museum, London; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein and the ADI Design Museum in Milan.

Branzi died in October 2023, at the age of 84.