Coffee machines often add an artistic quality to a space. They can be sleek, snazzy, imposing, futuristic or hold all of these attributes all at once. Montaag, a design studio with offices in Berkeley, California and the Norwegian cities Stavanger and Oslo, has raised the bar with its creation of AnZa, an espresso machine that comes in two variations, one of which is inspired by Brutalist architecture.
AnZa was designed by members of Montaag’s Berkeley-based community, specifically as a response to a perceived lack of excitement and originality in the designs of coffee machines. Says the studio’s founder, Per Ivar Selvaag: “Surprisingly little in the way of new thinking has taken place in the world of espresso machines – especially given the attention paid to progressive interior architecture and how much real estate these machines take up in your kitchen.”
AnZa functions, therefore, as not just an Espresso maker, but as decorative centrepiece as well. It comes in either white Corian (mostly used for countertops and other surfaces) or raw concrete. This second iteration of the design incorporates an aesthetic derived from Brutalism, an architectural style characterised by bare, imposing concrete façades.
The rawness of AnZa’s concrete iteration is moderated by white ceramic and brass-coloured features, such as its filter holder and steam control knob, which give the work a vintage look. At the same time, AnZa is very much a 21st century appliance, having been equipped with features such as an electronic PID controller, which helps ensure consistent water temperature.
The concrete version of Montaag’s AnZa is certainly a dream come true for lovers of Espresso, and through the use of concrete, Montaag has turned this appliance into a designer object.
Photography: Montaag © 2017