British architect David Chipperfield has undertaken the task of revising the design of the Italian espresso maker — "one of the most successful products to come out of Italy following the Second World War."
The original was conceived of by Alfonso Bialetti in the 1930s. David Chipperfield takes inspiration from the prototype and maintains certain components — from the die-cast aluminum materials to the overall form of the silhouette. However, the architect brings the Italian espresso maker into contemporary times by attempting to update the design in terms of usability. For example, the new iteration boasts "a flat lid and a fuss-free handle."
Answering to traditional sensibilities of Italian design, David Chipperfield was commissioned by Alessi — a homeware brand founded by Alberto Alessi who was the grandchild of Alphonso Bialetti.