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Designed by the architect David Chipperfield, "Moka" is a tribute to Italy's favourite espresso coffee maker and its inventor, Alfonso Bialetti, Alberto Alessi's maternal grandfather. Invented in the early 1900s, the first espresso coffee maker revolutionised the way coffee was made.
With Moka, Alessi offers an original interpretation of a timeless icon, created by Chipperfield with the aim of it becoming a popular, simple, familiar object just like the first espresso coffee maker invented at the beginning of the last century.
An eleven-sided volume for a familiar and at the same time innovative form: Chipperfield works on a series of details that make the design of Moka something unprecedented and, at the same time, introduce improvements in functionality. The flat lid, for example, serves as a surface for resting and warming cups during coffee preparation - for enhanced appreciation of the aroma and flavour of the drink - while the knob position allows for easy, one-handed lid lifting.
To give visual continuity to the shape of the coffee maker, the designer has chosen grey for the handle, with a shade that is the transposition of the metallic colour of the aluminum. The brass valve is a tribute to tradition, equally as reliable and high-performing as the most modern stainless steel components.
- David Chipperfield, UK c.2019
- Cast Aluminum
- 3 Cup
- Length 5.25"
- Height 6.25"
- Capacity 5.25 oz / 150ml (3 cups)
- 6 Cup
- Length 7"
- Height 7"
- Capacity 10.5 oz / 300ml (6 cups)
- Notes Not suitable for induction stove tops
Sir David Chipperfield, British, was born in 1953 in London. David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and the practice has won numerous national and international competitions. In 2004 he was made an Honorary Member of the Florence Academy of Art and Design. He was appointed Royal Designer for Industry in 2006 and in 2009 was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in the UK New Year Honours 2010 was named Knight Bachelor for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. He received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2011. He has taught and lectured worldwide and is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts London.
Since its establishment in 1921, Alessi has gradually evolved, becoming a leading exponent of the “Factories of Italian design”, capable of mediating between the most interesting expressions of international creativity and the public, society and the market. Its mission is to translate these creative expressions into real objects capable of fulfilling dreams and satisfying the public’s desires.