Design by Alessandro Mendini, 2011.
The AAM33/1 Moka Alessi is a successful remake of the first Moka Express coffee maker. This 1-cup size was commissioned as a tribute to Alfonso Bialetti who, in the 1930's, was the inventor, designer and first manufacturer of the Moka Express. Octagonal in shape, inspired by Futurism and Art Deco, and produced in die cast aluminum, the "Moka" is an archetype in its category, earning Alfonso fame as a designer.
Designer Alessandro Mendini was asked to come up with a new project for a coffee maker, to re-interpret Bialetti's ingenious invention with today's awareness of all that affects contemporary design. The challenge was met with great innovation while maintaining an exceptionally low price for an Alessi product. This 1-cup size is offered in die cast aluminum.
Material(s): Aluminum casting, black thermoplastic resin
Designer: Alessandro Mendini
Born in Milan in 1931, former director of Casabella, Modo and Domus, winner of a Compasso d'Oro and designer of the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Casino in Arosa, the Forum in Omegna, he is a designer, architect and image consultant for Philips, Swarovski, Swatch, and Bisazza.View other products by Alessandro Mendini
Alessi is a family owned Italian design company, founded in 1921. Giovanni Alessi, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. He was later joined by his son Carlo who was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s and early 1940s. In the mid 1940s Alessi began to work with outside designers. The current Alessi catalog is the result of a collaboration with over 500 designers from all over the world.
"A true work of design must be able to move people, to convey feelings, to trigger memories, to surprise, to go against the grain. From this point of view, design intended to conjure up images in people's minds, which makes them a bit happier, still has tremendous potential." — Alberto AlessiView other products from Alessi