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Architectural Coffee Brewers Turn Baristas into Mad Scientists

Korean design firm Dutch Lab have created coffee machines that look like steampunk skyscrapers

Nestor Bailly, PSFK

Coffee has been a valuable global commodity for centuries but it seems that within the past decade or so it has undergone an artisanal renaissance alongside the foodie and DIY movement. Whereas once coffee in New York was a 99 cent paper cup bought from a street corner breakfast cart, now every neighborhood has its own roaster and dozens of options for a $5 pour-over. Not that we’re complaining – the quality now easily available is so much better than repeated mornings of Bustelo it’s incredible.

Like any habit or addiction, preparation and paraphernalia play a big part of consumption. Many coffee snobs (yours truly included) have their special way of making their morning cup. And, like most forms of consumption, there is a luxury niche. Korean design firm Dutch Lab have taken that to a new extreme with their modified and customized Kyoto-style coffee brewers.


A collaboration between interdisciplinary designers and an expert barista, Dutch Lab has been creating large, elegant coffee makers for design exhibitions since at least 2009. They explore themes and fields like architecture, film, steampunk and modernity to incorporate into their designs.

If you or your office have a large budget for coffee, consider one of these machines to really make an impression.

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