Tech, cars, music – everything around us changes and shifts at a break-neck pace. So why is it that espresso machines, of all things, look the same now as they did ten, twenty, or even 100 years ago? That’s the question that design studio Montaag asked themselves before setting out to build the Anza Concrete Espresso Machine.
Rather than utilizing the same, tired materials that have been used on espresso machines since they were invented in the late 1800s, this Bay-Area based design firm decided to try something else altogether. The small team built this machine’s housing using concrete, and made sure to construct its components with equally under-utilized materials like corian, wood, steel, and brass. The result is that this home espresso machine looks more like a sculpture than a kitchen appliance. But despite the brutalist look, the machine can do everything you’d want an espresso maker to do. It features a set of minimalist controls located on the top of the machine that make it a cinch to operate. The project will be available for crowdfunding in August of this year.