Category Archives: Vintage machines

Arrarex Caravel | “macchine da caffè”

A few months after having bought a stylish but rugged ‘Microcimbali’, I bumped into a very elegant vintage espresso machine, built by Arrarex from Milan in the 1960s, at a Florence antiques market. The machine is in close to mint … Continue reading

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La Cimbali ‘Microcimbali’ | “macchina da caffè”

Vintage espresso machines are amongst my all-time favourite industrial design objects. One of the most beautiful machines is the La Faema E61, especially the model with two groups, from 1961. Since this is a rather large, professional machine for bars, … Continue reading

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Marelli | “ventilatore”

For many years I have had a weak spot for vintage fans. Fifteen years ago I brought a large black 1940s streamlined American desktop fan back from a visit to Israel – carrying it aboard the plane as hand luggage. I … Continue reading

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Zig-Zag | “tire bouchon”

Some 10 years ago in France my fascination for vintage mechanical objects immediately attracted me to the classic Zig-Zag corkscrew. I  first noticed them on antiques market and jumble sales, and some specialized stores and market sellers also seemed to stock … Continue reading

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Olivetti Studio 42 | “macchina per scrivere”

Vintage typewriters have long fascinated me – both for their elegance and mechanical ingenuity. For years I have been passively looking for one to buy, and earlier this year stumbled upon a fabulous pre-WWII Olivetti MP1 model at a small antiques … Continue reading

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Heinke-Zwickau | “deckenfächer”

My first visit to Berlin, in the spring of 2008, was very memorable. Former communist East-Berlin is particularly vibrant with lots of cool retro shops and great cafés and restaurants. Our search for a good Berlin breakfast through the cold … Continue reading

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