Vintage and antique enthusiasts Collectors Weekly bring us the story of Peter Schlumbohm, a German-American immigrant who invented the Chemex coffee maker over 70 years ago. The design of the cone-shaped glass carafe remains exactly the same today, with only paper filters needed to make a pot of coffee in a simple hand-pouring process. Schlumbohm, who had over 300 patents including ones for cocktail shakers and fans, was a chemistry major in Berlin who later became one of the biggest names in Mid-Century Modernist design.
Of all of his inventions, the Chemex was the most successful, being coined as the “Eames of coffee makers” and so loved by Schlumbohm that he personally customized his Cadillac after it. It’s still his most successful design, remaining as his only one still in production today. But the Chemex is not without some modern updates — we aren’t complaining. ( By By Elaine YJ Lee from Selectism.com ) You can buy a Chemex at the link below.