ARS09 Espresso Coffee Maker - Discontinued
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Design by Richard Sapper, 2006.
Designer Richard Sapper has let himself be tempted by the challenge of designing an "entry level" coffee maker, producing an article worthy of someone of his caliber - one which recalls the expressive themes he holds dear, such as regular volumes (truncated conical and cylindrical) and handles made of molded and folded plate. The result is a "typically Alessi" product, offered to the public at by far the lowest price of Alessi's entire range of stainless steel coffee makers.
Material(s): 18/10 Mirror-Polished Stainless Steel
Dimensions: Large- 7.2" H x 4.5" D; 10.8 oz.; Capacity
Model(s): ALS-ARS09 ARS09
Richard Sapper, born 1932 in Munich, is a German industrial designer who lives in Milan, Italy. He is considered one of the most iconic designers of his generation and his products typically feature a combination of technical innovation, simplicity of form and an element of wit and surprise. After beginning as a designer in the styling department at Mercedez-Benz, Sapper eventually opened his own studio in 1959 where many of his most prolific designs were created. Sapper has received numerous international design awards, including 10 prestigious Compasso d'Oro awards and the Raymond Loewy Foundation's Lucky Strike award. His products are part of the permanent collections of many museums around the world, with over 15 represented at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as well as London's Victoria and Albert and Design Museums.
The Alessi company was founded by Giovanni Alessi in 1921 in Omegna, Italy. Giovanni, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and the home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. Giovanni's son Carlo, trained in industrial design, joined him at Alessi and was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s through the mid 1940s.
During the war years, Alessi produced stars for uniforms and mechanical parts for Savoia Marchetti airplanes. After the war, thanks to an enormous demand for brass ladles for the U.S. army, the Alessis expanded the company and started mass production. Carlo's brother Ettore, who joined the company in 1945, was the first to bring outside designers to the company, such as the architects Carlo Mazzeri, Luigi Massoni and Anselmo Vitale. Since that time, the range of products offered by Alessi has expanded to include such items as office accessories and electrical appliances, in collaboration with a growing range of contemporary designers such as Jasper Morrison and Philippe Starck, all the while maintaining Alessi's commitment to design and quality.
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