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The little black bowl

November 16, 2012|By S. Irene Virbila | Restaurant Critic
  • Designed by Catalan architect Lluis Clotet, the Sarri "basket" shows off walnuts or anything else you put into it.
Designed by Catalan architect Lluis Clotet, the Sarri "basket"… (S. Irene Virbila\Los Angeles…)

Most of the time, I know enough never to venture into Alessi, the Italian housewares and high design shop on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. But I had 20 minutes more on the meter and I don’t like to waste my hard-earned quarters. I walked in.

And I walked out with this black bowl, er ... basket, which is what Catalan architect and designer Lluis Clotet calls this quirky steel shape cloaked in black epoxy resin. Inspired by a crumpled felt hat, it’s 2-1/2 inches high and 11 inches wide. The finish is a deep matte black, which, it turns out, shows off food in an extraordinary way.

These big gnarly walnuts from a friend’s tree look wonderful in it, don’t they?

Alessi Sarrià round basket designed by Lluis Clotet in Super Black, $75. Available at Alessi, 313 N. Robertson Blvd. (At Beverly Blvd.), West Hollywood; (310) 276-7096; and online at Also at


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