The History of the Iconic Moka Pot

The single-serve espresso machine first appeared in Italy in 1901. More than 30 years later, Alfonso Bialetti popularized an even more democratic coffee maker for home use: the Moka Express. This version (now patented) became an iconic symbol of Italian coffee culture—simple yet dignified. The historically significant eight-sided machine helped to make at-home coffee brewing possible at a much larger scale. Today, the Moka Express …

Brendan Ravenhill’s Versatile Ada Sconce

A new short film explores the method behind the dynamic yet minimal piece

The works of LA-based designer Brendan Ravenhill stem from a process involving many people. The Ada Sconce, for example, goes through metal-bending, hole-punching, and powder-coating before its assembly in Ravenhill’s Glassell Park studio. To offer a peek into this way of making, Ravenhill and his team have created a mini-documentary that follows how the minimal yet versatile light fixture is produced. “Ada is a celebration of …

Tom Dixon Studio’s New Greene Street Store + Pop-Up Flash Factory

NYCxDesign ushers in two substantial developments for the beloved brand

As New York Design Week begins to reveal innumerable treasures, Tom Dixon Studio joins the front of the pack with two notable gifts to the city. First, Tom Dixon is expanding his presence stateside with a two-story Greene St shop in SoHo. It’s 6,700-square-feet of lighting, furniture and home accessories. A wonderland of sorts, with his signature reinvented geometries, eye-catching materials and curious, comfortable chairs, …