French Press

The original coffee maker designed in the 1950s to honor the iconic Château de Chambord in France.

While popular history favors the irony of the French Press’ Italian origins with Atillio Calimani’s 1929 patent, the French Press indeed was first proposed by French designers Mayer and Delforge in the late 19th Century. Unfortunately, they were ahead of their time, as manufacturing was not precise enough to accurately reproduce the snug fit of filter within pot of the design. Calimani adapted the design to include a rubber seal around the edge of the filter, and the cafetiere in its current state was born.