Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso

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Love Espresso & Design? Then this exhibition at MODA is for you!


Passione Italiana chronicles the evolution of the espresso machine and documents technological and industrial design developments.  The exhibit showcases espresso makers used in  Italy during the mid-twentieth century—alongside inventive coffee sets and unique crockery—and traverses through the decades, highlighting the influence designers such as  Aldo  Rossi,  Toyo  Ito,  Richard Sapper, and Massimiliano Fuksas have had on classic and contemporary models.


Appealing to both design lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike, the exhibition surveys the social and historical impact coffee and coffeehouses have had around the world, including the role of cafés as incubators in social justice movements and how they have helped fuel everything from literary and musical achievements to political revolutions.


With Passione Italiana, MODA introduces the  Co.Lab, an experiential space within a gallery that’s inspired by the spirit of creativity fueled by coffee. The immersive environment is developed by MODA with some of Atlanta’s most creative entities to offer a center for making,  thinking, talking and learning,  and will feature expansive communal tables within an inviting shared space.


Visitors to Co.Lab will be invited to participate in What is Your Story, a crowd-sourced storytelling installation organized by design firms Orange Sparkle Ball and nonprofit sister,  Spark  Corps, in collaboration with BooknBrunch that provides a touching look at how untold stories, struggles and secrets can forge connections. The hands-on project will invite guests to anonymously inscribe their story in a used book on view at  MODA  and give visitors the opportunity to respond to these  stories by sending a  supportive message via postcard.


Visitors are also invited to take part in programming on Thursday mornings, presented by Constellations, a civic and socially based workspace aiming to make a positive difference in the world. Further exhibition-related programming will be presented by Bellina Alimentari and by Docent Coffee.