• 02.29.12

An Espresso Machine That Exudes Warmth Instead Of Industrial Cool

A beautiful coffeemaker that scraps all the metal, replacing it with porcelain and wood.

I’m an incorrigible caffeine addict and a hopeless collector of all coffee accoutrements–from French presses and stovetop espresso makers to percolators and milk steamers. So when I saw this porcelain wall-mounted espresso machine, I found myself wiping away some coffee-tinged drool.


Arvid Häusser, a 23-year-old German design student at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, has revamped the industrial-looking espresso machine, with its metal body and plastic knobs, and made it friendlier, adding warm wood tones and creamy ceramic. But the improvements extend beyond mere aesthetics: Porcelain is a good insulator and doesn’t impart a metallic taste. And by adhering the appliance to the wall, Häusser has managed to free up valuable counter space and even create a place for resting a few mugs securely on top. Note the height-adjustable drip tray, which accommodates a latte glass as easily as an espresso cup.

Don’t let the laboratory-like setup fool you; the construction is actually fairly straightforward: The vessel on the left holds the water, which builds up pressure as it flows through a pump and into a water heater (the main component sitting on the right). All the components are affixed separately and can be thrown into the dishwasher–another benefit of porcelain.

Sadly, the design is only a prototype, and Haüsser’s looking for sponsors to take it into the next phase. We’re twitchy with excitement. Or maybe that’s the fourth cup kicking in.

About the author

Belinda Lanks is the editorial director of Co.Design. Before joining, she was the managing editor of Metropolis.