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9090

ESPRESSO COFFEE MAKER

design Richard Sapper

The 9090 isn't just the first espresso coffee maker in Alessi's history: it was also Alessi's first object for the kitchen after the 1930s, the first of Alessi's many Compasso d'Oro awards (1979), Alessi's first object to be inducted into the Permanent Design Collection at the New York MOMA. Of course it's the best-loved Alessi coffee maker, as well as Alessi's first "amphibious object", i.e. it is for kitchen use, but with its high design quality it can also be brought directly to the table.

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Richard Sapper

Richard Sapper was born in 1932 in Munich, where he pursued courses in philosophy, anatomy and engineering. He began his design career in the styling department of Daimler Benz in Stuttgart, before transferring to Milan, where he worked first for the architect Gio Ponti, and then in the design division of “La Rinascente”. In the early 1960s, Sapper began to collaborate with the Italian architect Marco Zanuso together they acted as design consultants for Brionvega for which they developed a series of televisions and radios. During the 1970s, Sapper was engaged as a consultant on the development of experimental automobiles for FIAT and on pneumatic structures for Pirelli, producing concepts for cars and accessories. Since 1980, Sapper has acted as chief industrial design consultant for IBM and later for Lenovo. Sapper’s main interest in his design work has centered on technically complex problems. He has developed and designed a wide variety of products, ranging from ships and cars, to computers and electronics, and furniture and kitchen appliances. His clients include Alessi, Artemide, B&B Italia, Heuer, Kartell, Knoll, Lorenz Milano, Magis, Molteni many others. Throughout his career, Sapper has remained keenly involved in academia, teaching at Yale University, the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart, the Domus Academy in Milan, the Central Academy for Art and Design in Beijing, the University of Buenos Aires, and the Royal College of Art in London. Richard Sapper has received numerous awards for his products, and his designs are represented in the permanent collections of many museums internationally. He has been an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Arts since 1988, and a Member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin since 2001. The German Design Council awarded him a lifetime achievement in 2009, and in 2012, Sapper received the Merit Cross of the Order of Merit from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. He died on 31 December 2015.

For me, the shape is the result of an inner life that any object must have

Richard Sapper

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AWARDS & MUSEUMS

DESIGN PLUS FRANKFURT

DESIGN PLUS FRANKFURT

XI COMPASSO D'ORO

XI COMPASSO D'ORO

BIO 9 LJUBLJANA

BIO 9 LJUBLJANA

THESSALONIKI DESIGN MUSEUM

THESSALONIKI DESIGN MUSEUM

MUSEUM FÜR GESTALTUNG

MUSEUM FÜR GESTALTUNG

DESIGN MUSEUM - LONDRA

DESIGN MUSEUM - LONDRA

MOMA - THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART - NEW YORK

MOMA - THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART - NEW YORK

CIVICA GALLERIA D'ARTE MODERNA

CIVICA GALLERIA D'ARTE MODERNA

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU

CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU

SMITHSONIAN - COOPER-HEWITT, NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM

SMITHSONIAN - COOPER-HEWITT, NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM

LA TRIENNALE DI MILANO

LA TRIENNALE DI MILANO

MUSEUM OF IRAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

MUSEUM OF IRAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

STEDELIJK MUSEUM

STEDELIJK MUSEUM

MUSEUM FüR KUNST UND GEWERBE

MUSEUM FüR KUNST UND GEWERBE

MUSEUM FÜR ANGEWANDTE KUNST - Francoforte

MUSEUM FÜR ANGEWANDTE KUNST - Francoforte

KUNSTMUSEUM - DUSSELDORF

KUNSTMUSEUM - DUSSELDORF

MUSEUM FÜR ANGEWANDTE KUNST - Colonia

MUSEUM FÜR ANGEWANDTE KUNST - Colonia

V&A - VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

V&A - VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

KUNSTGEWERBEMUSEUM SMPK

KUNSTGEWERBEMUSEUM SMPK

MUDE - MUSEO DO DESIGN E DA MODA

MUDE - MUSEO DO DESIGN E DA MODA

MUSEUM OF APPLIED ART

MUSEUM OF APPLIED ART

DIE NEUE SAMMLUNG - THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM MUNICH

DIE NEUE SAMMLUNG - THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM MUNICH

BIO DESIGN COLLECTION

BIO DESIGN COLLECTION

THE ISRAEL MUSEUM

THE ISRAEL MUSEUM

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