Last week the NYT had an interview with George Sowden, designer of the SoftBrew. SoftBrew is a pitcher style coffee brewing gadget. George Sowden's obsession with coffee led to him inventing the SoftBrew. Sowden often visited factories instead of museums as a tourist, and believes there is a disconnect between designers and manufacturing. Because of this, and his obsession with coffee, Sowden was very involved with production of the coffee maker’s two components: the porcelain pitcher, and the stainless steel filter insert with photo-etched micrsoscopic holes.
Video of the Softbrew in action after the break.