For the Push Coffee Maker, Mette Duedahl’s objective was to create an alternative to the traditional press coffee maker. Throughout the process, the values of function, lightness, and usability acted as guiding principles for the design.
Visit designer Mette Duedahl in her Copenhagen workspace
Giving attention to the shape of the pot’s handle and spout, Mette drew up three-dimensional forms to achieve an overview of the different expressions from where she’d scope in on the right shape for the design.
Push is cast in two separate plaster molds, one for the pot and one for the handles, following which the two parts are molded together by hand. Next, the pot is fired twice in a ceramic kiln—the first firing at 920 degrees Celsius to make the structure stable and fit for glazing, the next at 1260 degrees Celsius, transforming the fragile clay into a ceramic object.
The Push Coffee Maker is made of stoneware with its design language derived from the tableware of Mette’s childhood home. Only natural pigments were used for the colors, allowing for the design to accentuate the Scandinavian color range. Here, the stoneware clay was mixed with pigments of ochre, iron, umbra, dodenkopf and odenwalder, creating an array of hues.
The Push Mug was conceived from the idea of transferring the visual and tactile appeal of the Push Coffee Maker onto a mug. By presenting the mug as an object of unglazed stoneware, its simple form, soft appearance and silky-smooth surface were unveiled.
After the mug sketches are set on paper, Mette goes into her workspace to sketch up once more, yet this time in clay: “When I’m through with sketching, the mould for the final design is created—the process at times has to be redone two or three times before reaching a design that I’m satisfied with,” says Mette.
It can take a few tries before reaching the perfect form for the mugs, seeing as clay is a natural material that reacts with heat, shrinking when fired in the oven. Commenting on this, Mette says: “Opening the kiln is always exciting, seeing what all my hard work has turned into.”