The coffee maker is not normally an item thought of as artwork, but the examples presented here should lead to reconsideration of that opinion. The machine is not merely a means to an end, but an integral part of the process and enjoyment therof. If anything, this book is a paean to human ingenuity in the improvement of the ordinary objects of daily life.
This is a two language book, Italian and English. My copy lists the publisher as Chronicle Publishing in San Francisco. This is a small format book with no more than one coffee maker per page or facing page pair. About 90% of the machines are Italian as they are all from an Italian's collection. The last third is almost all espresso machines. Very little in the way of American brewers. I did not even spot a classic Bialetti Italian aluminum "Moka" brewer. Too common maybe?
Love this book! I like reading the history of coffee and machines. Though it's tilted toward European, it's a fascinating read.
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