Within the pantheon of the sensible, the Moka Categorical designed in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti stands as arguably the paramount image of performance in service of formality. The Moka Categorical – with its machined Eight-sided aluminum class delivering audible and tactile pleasure with each flip of its screw-top design, punctuated by the pot’s joyful proclivity to gurgle when full – stands in stark distinction to the pop-n-press sterility of pod-based machines widespread at this time. However as a lot in life, comfort finally eclipsed sophistication, and the luster of the Moka light solely only in the near past to a uncertain future.
Charged by Alessi to revitalize a design synonymous with Italian mid-century modernity and epitomizing the inconspicuous simplicity coined as sprezzatura, British architect David Chipperfield has fortunately affirmed moderately than deserted the spirit of the unique design with an astute and cautious refinement. By including two extra panels, flattening its prime, and softening the shape to a curvaceous end, the sum of Chipperfield’s redesign seems bodily extra substantial, whereas additionally affording the general silhouette a extra delicate faceted end in all three of its various 1, three, and 6 cup sizes. Nonetheless, and fortunately, the Moka seems to be like a Moka.
How superb that this advanced and well-performing object has change into readable and understandable, a machine that wants no instruction and no invitation to be a part of home life. How can one redesign it? Maybe solely by making it extra of what it already is.
The Alessi Moka by David Chipperfield sees its official unveiling on the 2019 Salone del Cell in Milan shortly, hopefully bringing with its arrival a renewed appreciation for designs intrinsically designed to have interaction the senses moderately than compel an abandonment of them.
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