PULCINA

ESPRESSO COFFEE MAKER

design Michele De Lucchi

Brainchild of architect Michele De Lucchi, “Pulcina” is the Espresso coffee maker dedicated to coffee lovers. A revolutionary product that combines the technology developed by illycaffè with Alessi’s design experience. “Pulcina” is the product of intense research into the optimisation of the shape of the Coffee pot in order to improve and enhance the organoleptic properties of coffee. Illy has identified the ideal shape that the water boiler should take to produce the perfect coffee.Thanks to the internal shape of its special heater, Pulcina automatically stops filtering the coffee at the right moment. This interruption helps to eliminate the eruption phase, the final filtering stage that generates a burnt and bitter aftertaste, ensuring that only the finest qualities of the coffee are preserved and enhancing its full-bodied and rounded aroma. The spout is quite pronounced. Its typical 'V' shape, reminiscent of a baby chick’s beak, is specially designed to perfectly cut drops when pouring. Practical and functional, making coffee with the Pulcina is just like making it with a traditional coffee pot.

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Michele De Lucchi

Architect. Michele De Lucchi was a prominent figure in movements like Cavart, Alchimia and Memphis. He designed lamps and furniture for the most well known Italian and European companies and realized architectural project in Italy and abroad. His work has been exhibited in Europe, the United States and Japan. He was appointed Officer of the Italian Republic for services to design and architecture and has been nominated Professor at the Design Faculty of the Politecnico of Milan and Member of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome. He has recently realized a number of proejcts for the city of Milan: the pavilions for Expo 2015 (Padiglione Zero, Expo Center, Intesa Sanpaolo), UniCredit Pavilion in piazza Gae Aulenti and the installation for the Pietà Rondanini at the Ospdale Spagnolo at the Castello Sforzesco. For the Salone del Mobile 2015 De Lucchi has created “La Passeggiata” for Workplace3.0, dedicated to his vision of workspace

“The name ‘Pulcina’ refers to the shape of its interior, the part on the inside that’s hidden from view. It’s plump, bulbous, has a stepped silhouette and a red handle. Not surprisingly, the spout recalls a beak. The water tank is spherical, narrowing towards the top to create a compartment where the air is pressurised before the water begins to boil. It then passes through the filtre without changing the molecular structure of the coffee itself, producing a purer and more intense flavour. The stepped effect on the exterior is the result of alternating the thickness of the walls to facilitate heating and cooling. The coffee that comes out is very good. Guaranteed by Alessi and Illy. It’s called Pulcina because I designed it in the Chioso where my private studio is located. There, I work alone making my small sculptures and doing my little drawings. Originally, the Chioso was a large chicken coop with many hens, roosters and chicks. An epidemic in the year I was born caused them all to die, so in a sense, I can say that I was the only chick that survived.

The name ‘Pulcina’ refers to the shape of its interior, the part on the inside that’s hidden from view. It’s plump, bulbous, has a stepped silhouette and a red handle. Not surprisingly, the spout recalls a beak. The water tank is spherical, narrowing towa

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