9090 Espresso Coffee Maker
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Design by Richard Sapper, 1979.
The "9090" is a classic design.
"9090" was the first "amphibious" Alessi design, meaning that it is suitable for the kitchen but attractive enough to be used directly at the table. It is part of the Permanent Design Collection at the MoMA and has won the Compasso d'Oro award. Available in four sizes. Mirror-polished finish. Delivered in gift packaging.
Dimensions: 1- 6" H x 3.7" D 3- 7" H x 4" D 6- 8" H x 5" D
Model(s): 8003299011759 8003299011766 8003299011773 8003299011780 9090/1 9090/3 9090/6 9090/M
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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