WHAT I’VE GOT – Chemex Coffeemaker

The Chemex Coffeemaker is the go-to device in a household that admittedly has too many ways to make coffee. In part, that’s because the pour-over style coffeemaker and its matching filters produce a pretty amazing cup of coffee — but also because it’s a wonderfully designed object.

The hourglass-shaped glass flask neatly integrates a filter holder, carafe and heat collar into an elegant design comprised of just four parts. These parts are generally rotationally symmetric, but carefully disturbed to make room for a pouring groove — a design both wonderfully expressive and functional. It’s product  design at its best: inviting active use and not massive display. 

Of course, I’m not the first to admire the Chemex. Created by Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, the device is now in the permanent collection at MoMA.