Chemex Coffee Maker

Chemex Coffee Maker

1941
Designer
Peter Schlumbohm, American, 1896-1962
Born: Germany
Manufacturer
Chemex Corporation
Work Locations: New York, NY
Active Dates: Established 1939
Country
United States
coffee maker
Pyrex glass, wood, and leather
Bequest of Myron B. Hochstetler
1970.118

Peter Schlumbohm, Chemex Coffee Maker, 1941. Pyrex glass, wood, and leather; 9 1/2 x 6 x 6 in. Manufactured by Chemex Corporation, New York. Denver Art Museum: Bequest of Myron B. Hochstetler, 1970.118.

Dimensions
height: 9.5 in, 24.1300 cm; diameter: 6 in, 15.2400 cm
Inscription
Chemex, U.S.Patent 2.411.340, made in U.S.A.
Department
Architecture and Design
Collection
Architecture and Design

Peter Schlumbohm, a chemist-inventor, applied scientific solutions to the problems of making coffee. The Chemex Coffee Maker replicates a process of filtration adapted in the laboratory. This was the first of a line of “products for the Chemist’s Kitchen” that Schlumbohm developed over the next two decades. 

Known Provenance
Bequeathed 1970 by Myron B. Hochstetler to the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • "What Is Modern?" — Denver Art Museum, 10/30/2010 - 3/24/2013