Italian architect Alessandro Mendini once described coffee makers as “architectural works” rather than a simple kitchen tool. Coffee makers, he said, are not only “miraculous machines” meant to satisfy one of our most common addictions; they are also “an aesthetic challenge that every great architect wants to tackle.”
He sure was right. Through the decades, many designers and architects have been inspired to try their hand at a coffee maker design. Here are some of our favorites.
Alessandro Mendini’s own coffee maker design from the Biennale of Venice of 1980
Left to right:
- A coffee maker designed by architect Angelo Mangiarotti (who collaborated with Snaidero in the 1960s-70s on several kitchen cabinetry lines and designed the company’s headquarters in Majano, Italy)
- Papalina, a coffee maker honored for its combination of made-in-Italy design, art and technology and now part of the permanent exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- The Genesis coffee maker design by Serafino Zani
Left to right:
- The Stella Archimede coffee maker design
- The Mediterranea coffee pot by Giannini
- A coffee maker designed by Arne Jacobsen
Alessi’s fun designs are always a great accessory to luxury modern kitchens. Our favorites include La Conica (right) and a characteristic coffee maker used to make the particular “Naples-style” coffee (center).
The most modern version of the famous Atomic coffee maker design.
Bold, colorful, curvy… The Brunopasso PD1 espresso maker shares many qualities with some of Snaidero’s most iconic kitchens, so it had to make our list!