Passione Italiana: the Art of Espresso
Museum of Design Atlanta, US


This museum-led creative writing workshop offered everyone the opportunity to express their Passione italiana through a shared love for coffee, poetry and literature. A historiographical journey through the main hall of the museum highlights the ongoing love affair between Espresso and its intrinsic place in Italian lifestyle. Visitors are guided through the exhibition via a series of panels on the walls of each room that depict the history of coffee and its machinery.
Among the exhibits, the first “Victoria Arduino” machine designed in 1910, along with industrial coffee machines and domestic coffee makers as the “Concorso” aka “Diamante” by Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari, produced in 1956, “La cupola” and “La conica” by Aldo Rossi, up to the latest technological solutions to make a proper espresso at home. Also on display is the series of “Tea & Coffee Tower” coffee sets designed for Alessi by internationally renowned architects, including Toyo Ito, Massimiliano Fuksas and Doriana Mandrelli, Jean Nouvel and Dominique Perrault.

The exhibition is a production of Cube Design Museum in collaboration with IMF Foundation.

Concept: Hans Gubbels & Gène Bertrand (Cube Design Museum)
Curator: Elisabetta Pisu.

Venue: MODA Museum of Design Atlanta, February 24 – June 15, 2019

A tour of the exhibition is available upon request.