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06.08.2012

 

RCA Graduate : Michael Warren, product design MA and the rediscovery of filter coffee

The RCA doesn’t just train aesthetes and fashion fanatics. Engineering, Transportation and Design Products also have an established and cherished place at the Royal College of Art. We would like to present Michael Warren’s work as an example of this.

The product designer specialises in lighting and interior product design. He has already worked for clients including Established & Sons, Habitat, DKNY, Apple and Anthropologie in the USA as well as various private clients. His designs have been exhibited internationally and over the past few years he has been building up a design collective with young design colleagues.

His RCA graduate project title was ‘the reinvention of the bygone theatre of coffee’. He worked on a highly modern and technically perfected idea for brewing filter coffee. Espresso isn’t the only true kick. Indeed, variety is the spice of life.

Michael comments on his high tech filter coffee: ‘Coffee+ creates a new category of coffee pot. It utilises a syphon brewing system used in some of the earliest coffee machines, combines it with new materials and manufacturing techniques and brings a unique tasting coffee back into our homes.

The design captures the exciting theatre of watching and hearing coffee brew. Hot water rises through the ever- lasting super-fine laboratory-grade sintered glass filter and mixes with the grounds above, as steam bubbles through it continues to brew, then when the desired brew is achieved the heat is turned off.

Rapidly a vacuum forms beneath and coffee is sucked back down through the filter producing an absolutely sediment free clean drink. The Glass upper pot is separated from its magnetic bonds by a simple twist. This self location mechanism allows the lid to be placed below with a satisfying click.’

And we liked it.


michaelwarrendesign.com




10 RCA Graduate Interviews 2012

Carlo Volpi , Menswear MA

Trine Hav Christensen, Womenswear MA

Fatma Bucak, Photography MA

Daniel Pollitt, Menswear MA

Alexander Lamb , Menswear MA

Isabelle Held, History of Design MA

Simon Foxall, Painting MA

Nathan Tom Pass, Textile MA

Hal Watts, Innovation Design Engineering MA

Michael Warren, Product Design MA





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