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Elektra Micro Casa a Leva is in da House!

Design Inspiration - February 26th, 2009

Finally, after getting and returning a worthless Francis! Francis! X3 (pod only although it was sold as the pod and ground coffee version by I’ve now got a suitable replacement. Even though it’s quite a bit more expensive I found no other machines in the budget class that seemed good or stylish enough, so I re-evaluated the market and looked to the lever designs which are cheaper considering their materials and potential performance than the semi-automatic models.

Elektra Micro Casa a Leva

The Elektra Micro Casa a Leva.


Automotive Steampunk

Design Inspiration - February 21st, 2009

Cars are usually an collection of cheap plastics and components made to suit as large crowd and as many purposes as possible by using the least common denominator approach. Some are making an effort though; Aston Martin pushes the design andtechnology inthe classic contemporary path while Spyker has created a car full of Steampunk elements.

Spyker C8 Laviolette

The Spyker C8 Laviolette, photo by Spyker.


Steampunk Coffee Machines

Design Inspiration - November 30th, 2008

Most coffee machines look very similar; they are more or less a metal box with a handle on. Some have a few gauges, others have a color. Even thehigh-end machines for home use look fairly identical and quite boring (Isomac, Vibiemme…). Elektra is the exception; they make beautiful machines full of character and style that brings back the best of the Belle Epoque.

Elektra Belle Epoque

The Elektra Belle Epoque. Photo by Elektra.


Steampunk in Contemporary Design

Design Inspiration - November 25th, 2008

Steampunk, the design language based on how the world could have looked now and [a century] into the future if we had taken the path of the steam engine instead of the oil engine, have had a major inpact of some of the most amazing products recently. Seen in watches, cars, motorcycles and hollywood movies, it has made a serious impact much to my delight.

Poisson Oeil by Pierre Matter

Poisson Oeil by Pierre Matter, photo by Pierre Matter.