Lagrange34 chocolate by Jjuice

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Italian interior and product designers Jjuice have designed a range of chocolate bars called Lagrange34 for traditional chocolate maker Pasticceria Gertosio of Turin.

The chocolate slabs come six designs, including a map of Turin.

Photos are by Paolo Bramati.

Here's some information about the project from Jjuice:

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In a world where technologies become more exciting by the day, sometimes it may be nice to relax and be cuddled by tradition. But then, when a design studio and a historic confectionery company join forces to create something new, it may happen that even tradition may spur new stimuli.

Since the XVII century, Turin is a city that has been considered one of the Italian realms of chocolate. It is here that, at the end of the XVIII century, Mr. Doret invented a revolutionary machine that could solidify chocolate, allowing it to be moulded in shapes. It is also here that architects Sergio Viotti and Giuliana Succo were born and graduated in architecture.

After their degree they decided to take their chances and left for Tokyo, where they successfully designed corporate offices and trendy shop interiors. This led them to open their own office, Jjuice Architecture and Design, now located in Milan.

As a result of an intense professional experience, they felt the need to embrace a unique challenge: making the cultural heritage of their hometown join forces with the trends of the contemporary design, and produce a new line of innovative products. So they proposed to their long time friend Max Gertosio, heir of what since 1890 was the artisan shop of another great chocolatier, Pietro Viola, to collaborate on the manufacture of a new line of chocolate bars called Lagrange 34 - just like the address of the confectionery shop, named after the mathematician Luigi Lagrange.

This line combines high quality chocolate together with a contemporary design approach, to exploit the potential of chocolate as a design product. "Chocolate" Jjuice says "as an industrial design material has shown astonishing and striking characteristics. Furthermore, it lends itself to the freedom of being transformed in a temporary product, medium of emotions and sensations. It frees the product from being a mere "design-lovers only" object, and moves it into a poetic field: a more humble object that everybody can enjoy".

Following an intense period of testing, Lagrange34 has been introduced at CioccolaTo' 2007, the Turin's International Chocolate Fair. It is available in six basic shapes: four square-shaped (14x14 cm) and two more conventional shapes (14x8 cm and 13x3,5 cm), but new shapes will be introduced periodically.

Gertosio is enthusiastic at the chance of pushing its 100-plus years of experience towards new directions. "Our wish" Jjuice concludes "is to create products that can stir emotions the same way as music or movies do, and we are currently working to create new families of products with a similar philosophy.

We are looking forward to new challenges, so we are now selecting other great manufacturers with whom join forces in the future. As for Lagrange34, it's thrilling to notice that the more we experiment, the more it mingles into the tradition of this city, always looking for creative and revolutionary creations, but still capable of lingering on small, everyday things to savour their most hidden secrets".

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Posted by Rose Etherington

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Posted on Sunday, January 13th, 2008 at 10:36 am by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • Nuno

    The idea is not new, and the finish is so uncool…

    Looks like cheap chinese chocolate. This guy has got to try the same stuff but done by swiss chocolate makers. I’m 100% sure that the result would be nicer :)

  • SerenaTrab

    I suppose the shown pieces are just prototypes Nuno…
    By the way, “nice” chocolate is not only in Switzerland…

  • http://www.mussertoth.com Musser

    Must agree with Serena… Belgian and/or Dutch chocolate come to mind. But, Nuno’s general point is well taken.

  • andrea v

    Turin chocolate is better than Swizz chocolate!
    Try before to talk!!

  • Nuno

    I’m not talking about good or bad chocolate. Never tried italian chocolate… i guess.

    I’m talking about the PRESENTATION of the chocolate, and in that swiss chocolate is top-notch! ;)

  • fran

    allmost all the chocolate that is made in europe came from venezuela, colombia and brasil… The best one, known as porcelana, is from venezuela.

  • Nuno

    Belgium chocolate is great as well! Also some portuguese chocolate brands (like Regina) are great :D

  • xtiaan

    and so began the great chocolate wars of O8…..

  • cris

    lol…this reminds me of some students who made the model from sweets and after a while hanging them exhibited in the studio they got hungry and started to eat parts of the models :))

  • Nuno

    cris…. gosh! That is sweet! :D

  • chaa

    any chocolatier will tell you french & italian chocolates are the only serious chocolates out there…
    chaaaaaaaaaaa

  • name

    borrrrring

  • http://www.larforma.com pedru

    Can I eat it?? pleaseeee….