The Perc: Italian Percolator Mug

The Perc: Italian Percolator Mug

Nick Siemaska
Oct 24, 2011

The Italian Percolator is an iconic machine in the history of producing a great cup of coffee. By making a cast of the percolator, Boston-based designer Frank Criscione took the form of this classic coffee image to create a mug and espresso cups.

Over the past couple of years, Frank Criscione has worked through several iterations of the Perc Cups. Throughout these trials, Criscione explored different glazes, sizes, and materials to make the cups, but settled on 5 oz. espresso and 12 oz. mug porcelain cups that uses the slipcast method.

To get started with production of these cups, Criscione successfully raised over ten thousand dollars through Kickstarter. His very informative and fun video on the page, thoughtfully explains the entire process of slipcasting these cups.

The Criscione design has intelligently translated the iconic percolator as a form for the production of coffee, to a form that relates to the consumption of the beverage. These cups are a unique and welcome addition to the long history of the Italian percolator.

These cups are now available at the Boston-based design shop, Room 68.

Images: Nick Siemaska

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