Ossidiana was designed by Mario Trimarchi for Alessi in Italy. Alessi's stainless steel stovetop espresso maker prepares either 1, 3 or 6 demitasse cups of indulgent espresso (Moka in Italian) with it's easy to use, step-by-step instructions. Stovetop espresso makers or "moka" pots are a true European tradition, quickly brewing an extremely rich, full-flavored coffee on your stovetop.
Italian stove top style espresso makers are favored by so many because they are inexpensive and so easy to use. The Ossidiana two-part cast aluminum espresso pot is a new Italian designer stovetop espresso maker that already is destined to be a classic. Shop the Alessi Ossidiana Espresso Coffee Maker at Stardust. Fully aware of an object’s narrative ability, Sicilian architect Mario Trimarchi has designed the “Ossidiana” espresso coffee maker. Like his other projects, this one is based on memories and fragments of images, told through the form of an article. “Ossidiana” embraces the memory of the various sides of the traditional moka coffee pot and those of obsidian, the volcanic stone it is named after. Mario Trimarchi, born in Sicily, has lived and worked in Milan since 1983. An architect of the “freehand” generation, he has always moved freely within the visual universe and considers drawing, photography, design and image as equal components with the same theoretical approach. Between 1994 and 1998 Trimarchi was Director of Advanced Design at the Domus Academy and from 1989 to 2000 was part of the Olivetti Design Studio, where he worked with Michele De Lucchi. In 1999 he founded his own Corporate Identity Care studio, FRAGILE. With FRAGILE he designs systems of identity, coordinated image and visual alphabets through which diverse individualities can be expressed. He has designed many trademarks, most notably for Poste Italiane, the graphics for numerous large exhibitions, communications systems for Italian design companies and, finally, many displays and interiors. Never relinquishing his passion for drawing, architecture or design, he is currently working on the theme of unstable geometries, which he utilises within the context of our relationships with everyday objects in an attempt to change, however slightly, our habitual patterns of living.