‘New­ton’ es­presso:

HOME Magazine NZ - - Design Awards 2017 - By Hay­den Maun­sell and Alan Neil­son

What started as a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween a de­signer and engi­neer has re­sulted in a stripped­back, sculp­tural man­ual cof­fee press devel­oped with the New Zealand home and bach in mind. Former me­chan­i­cal engi­neer turned de­signer, 31-year-old Hawke’s Bay­based Hay­den Maun­sell worked with Alan Neil­son, a tool­maker by trade, crafts­man and engi­neer, to sup­port his pas­sion for cof­fee and ex­press his de­sire for qual­ity de­sign. “The aes­thetic is free from vis­ual dis­tur­bances and sur­face dec­o­ra­tion with vis­ual cues that clearly and sim­ply com­mu­ni­cate what the New­ton does and how it’s used,” says Maun­sell of the bench­top press that’s also wall-mount­able and eas­ily trans­ported. “We’ve achieved this through an hon­est com­bi­na­tion of ma­te­ri­als, texture, colour and form.” The de­sign was re­solved after many pro­to­types that re­fined the marriage of hand­craft with CNC pro­duc­tion. “Ev­ery­thing I’ve designed to date has been for a stu­dent pro­ject,” says Maun­sell. “The ‘New­ton’ is the first de­sign with­out the pol­i­tics of aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions get­ting in the way.” $580 new­tone­spresso.co.nz

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