Alessi - Ossidiana in Black
- Item - moka pot (aka stovetop espresso maker or caffettiera)
- Material - aluminum casting with handle and knob in black thermoplastic resin
- Color - black
- Sizes - 3 cup
- Designer - Mario Trimarchi
- Manufactured in - Vietnam
We love the sleek look and the angles on this moka pot and how it was designed to be ergonomic for easily twisting the top on and off. The black color more clearly references the volcanic stone it was named after...or the Death Star, whichever you prefer! When we were researching this model, we came across a video with Sig. Trimarchi talking about the design process. The quote below stood out and seemed to sum up something unique about how he viewed the creative process.
" If you design something you can describe by phone, this is not interesting at all." Mario Trimarchi
Attentive to the narrative capacity of objects, the Sicilian architect Mario Trimarchi designed Ossidiana espresso coffee maker. A project created, like the other ones of the designer, from memories and fragments of images narrated through an object's form.
Ossidiana coffee maker, designed by Mario Trimarchi, is made of polished aluminium. It has an appearance that enhances its ergonomics, making it consistent with the shape of the hand and ensuring an easy grip during opening and closing operations. The small knob, thermoplastic resin coated aluminium to avoid burn, looks as if it almost disappears, leaving the body of the coffeepot to showcase all of its visual powers. Ossidiana encloses the memory of the aspects that characterise the traditional moka and the volcanic stone of the same name, bringing to the kitchen all the forces of a good espresso.
Mario Trimarchi, born in Sicily, has lived and worked in Milan since 1983. An architect of the “freehand” generation, he has always moved freely within the visual universe and considers drawing, photography, design and image as equal components with the same theoretical approach. Between 1994 and 1998 Trimarchi was Director of Advanced Design at the Domus Academy and from 1989 to 2000 was part of the Olivetti Design Studio, where he worked with Michele De Lucchi. In 1999 he founded his own Corporate Identity Care studio, FRAGILE. With FRAGILE he designs systems of identity, coordinated image and visual alphabets through which diverse individualities can be expressed. He has designed many trademarks, most notably for Poste Italiane, the graphics for numerous large exhibitions, communications systems for Italian design companies and, finally, many displays and interiors. Never relinquishing his passion for drawing, architecture or design, he is currently working on the theme of unstable geometries, which he utilises within the context of our relationships with everyday objects in an attempt to change, however slightly, our habitual patterns of living.