Alessi Scoiattolo Nutcracker


H24 x W7 x L12cm
Dishwasher safe
Hand wash only
Eligible for International Delivery
Gifts by Interest
Gifts for The Chef
Stainless Steel

Product information

A squirrel bending over to crack open a nut is an image that can be seen frequently throughout the historical production of nutcrackers; lending inspiration to this piece by Andrea Branzi.

Andrea Branzi is a Florence-born architect, designer and critic for magazines such as Domus, Interni, Casabella and Modo. One of the founders of the Domus Academy, Branzi is a member of the EEC Commission for the promotion of the European design.



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Q & As

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by A wonderful design to display And it works as a nutcracker - except for Brazill and Walnuts! I have the separate Walnut Alessi device for walnuts. As a piece of design this is lovely. If you read the instructions it cracks nuts very well without scattering shell everywhere. Larger nuts than hazelnuts and almonds are a bit tricky to get right. This is one you get for the aesthetics. 26 January 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Smashing! This product looks great and feels nice and heavy. However it smashes nuts to smithereens and sends the shrapnel into every corner of the room. I've tried being delicate, but this is definitely about form rather than function. Buy a traditional nutcracker if you actually want to crack nuts. 11 December 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by A beautiful piece Looks good and useful too although its far too beautiful to use. Makes an ideal gift for yourself or someone else. A stunning piece from Alessi with their usual innovative flair and top quality material. 29 January 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by What to buy a person who has everything I bought this as a house warming present for mature friends who seem to have everything. Having searched for something appropriate this seemed to be something they would not buy for themselves. It is very attractive and made a somewhat classy gift but is also useful. It is well made, very solid and should last for many years (possibly even becoming a classic collectable in the future). It looks great on display yet can be used rather than just be ornamental. I made sure I bought some nuts in their shells to go with it. My friends loved it and immediately started to use it. 27 January 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Christmas Present Produced to the usual high standard of Alessi products 18 January 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Looks lovely but scatters nuts everywhere Once you get the hang of it - gentle tapping motions work best - you can crack nuts without sending them everywhere, but it doesn't work on brazils. At least it looks gorgeous which is what counts. 16 January 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Niffty Gift My Dad's been looking for a nut cracker since last Xmas when a Brazil Nut broke his last one. Saw this niffty little cracker in store and bought it next day on line. Smiles all xmas from my dad who loves it. and when it's not in use it sits on the mantle piece looking good! Good product, delivered promptly, couldn't find it cheaper anywhere else, in my opinion this is a little expensive, but a good buy! 04 January 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stylish piece of sculpture! Wow!. This really is stylish piece. Well made, heavy and just beautiful to touch. OK, I wouldn't actually crack any nuts with it, but it is an attractive addition to any home. 20 November 2011
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