Monday, December 7

10E2493: Alessi and Bialetti

Fantastic short video from Nowness (watch here - can't embed) with designer Alberto Alessi talking about his grandfather's invention - the moka pot coffee maker. I had no idea Alfonso Bialetti was his grandfather... Great stuff - 2.5 minutes - a must see.

What, you don't own one of these? Tell Santa. Aluminum was the material of the future in the post-war era, and this cast object not only signaled modernity but changed socialisation of coffee and increased caffeine consumption, framing it as a creative juice. Further reading via ineedcoffee.

Buy one for around $30. It may outlive you.