modern design for the home

sapper espresso 9090

by Richard Sapper, from Alessi

sapper espresso 9090

Design Richard Sapper, 1979
Mirror polished stainless steel,
Made in Italy by Alessi

The 9090 was not only the first espresso coffee machine in Alessi's history, but it was also the first Alessi object designed for the kitchen after the 1930s. It is an object that can be used in the kitchen but is attractive enough to be used directly at the table. Even after twenty years it remains one of Alessi's most popular coffee machines.

The Richard Sapper stove-top espresso maker was winner of the prestigious Compasso d'Oro design award and on display in the Permanent Design Collection at the MOMA in New York. Features 18/10 mirror polished stainless steel with a magnetic heat diffusing bottom.

New Special Edition with red perforated handle is available in the 3 and 6 cup versions.

Available in four sizes:
3.75" dia. | 6" h | 1 cup
4.25" dia. | 7" h | 3 cup
5" dia. | 8" h | 6 cup
5.75" dia. | 9" h | 10 cup

$230.00 + free shipping
(in-stock items usually ship in 1-2 business days. Otherwise, please allow approximately 3 weeks for delivery.)
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Richard Sapper

Richard Sapper, born in Munich, designs products featuring a combination of technical innovation, simplicity of form, and an element of wit and surprise. He 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 MoMA, as well as London's Victoria and Albert and Design Museums. Upon starting his own independent studio in 1959, Sapper designed the Tizio lamp for Artemide, one of the best selling lamps ever produced. In 1978 Alessi commissioned Sapper with the first product in a long series to come, the stove-top espresso maker 9090.
Alessi was founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi to produce crafted metal products for eating and drinking. In 1935, Carlo Alessi, son of Giovanni, was named chief designer. In 1945, he ascended to chief executive and designed the coffee service Bombe, an industrial piece manufactured in four sizes. That same year Carlo's younger brother, Ettore Alessi, joined the company as a technician. By the 1980s, Alberto Alessi took over the management of Alessi and launched the Alessi company into the design decade through collaborations with designers such as Philippe Starck and his playful three-legged Juicy Salif citrus squeezer.


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