Peter Schlumbohm. Chemex Coffee Maker. 1941

Peter Schlumbohm Chemex Coffee Maker 1941

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This unified series of kitchenwares by chemist and inventor Schlumbohm epitomizes the kitchen–as–laboratory concept—a hallmark of the interwar New Kitchen—as it continued beyond World War II. After immigrating to the United States from Germany in 1935, Schlumbohm created the famous Chemex coffeemaker, inspired in spirit by the Bauhaus school of design and in form by laboratory equipment such as the Erlenmeyer flask. A feature of James Bond's breakfast in From Russia with Love, this was the most successful design of the more than 300 he patented.

Gallery label from Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, September 15, 2010-March 14, 2011
Chemex Corp., New York, NY
Pyrex glass, wood, and leather
9 1/2 x 6 1/8" (24.2 x 15.5 cm)
Gift of Lewis & Conger
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Architecture and Design