“The Portuguese are the last species in the world with love and kindness” – NiT

Philippe Starck: “The Portuguese are the last species in the world with love and kindness”

The designer defied gravity with the new DeltaQ machine, Rise, and revealed, among praise, what really brought him to Portugal.

Created a machine that serves coffee in reverse.

“For me, life without gravity is like a freak show. Why respect it, if we don’t have to?”, it was with this question that Philippe Starck accepted the invitation to create a new way of serving coffee. It was for the people that he stayed, but it was the laws of physics that he wanted, with all dedication, to overturn. Philippe Starck, 73, has lived in Portugal for ten years, but it was only four years ago that he was given the biggest challenge of his life: that of “inverting gravity”.

It was thanks to the “love, tenderness, kindness, honesty and work” reflected in the “last human species to maintain these values” that the French designer and architect created a product that allowed the Portuguese to see the world upside down and to test the limits to savor the coffee.

With works spread all over the world, whether on the facades of buildings that he designed, or on the various home appliances he created, such as the famous citrus press, DeltaQ did not think twice about choosing the machine designer that came to revolutionize the way how coffee is served. Rise allows coffee to be brewed from the bottom up. Yes, you read that right. Just put the cup down and click a button and the creaminess, flavor and aroma of the coffee will quickly rise above it.

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Available in white, black and terracotta colors, the machine is compatible with all DeltaQ capsules and allows you to select up to three beverage levels, so there is no discussion between espresso lovers and Americans. In addition, it allows you not to have to constantly clean the coffee drops that run from time to time through the machine.

And because coffee is also a time for socializing, it was with friends in mind that he immediately accepted the invitation that would improve the conversations at the evening: “I was very happy when Delta invited me. I was able to work with my friends and family, on top of that on a revolutionary product”, he tells NiT.

The creative genius was overjoyed when he received the call from Rui Miguel Nabeiro, CEO of Delta. And, despite the designer saying that “Portugal is his home”, the grandson of the company’s founder, Comendador Rui Nabeiro, distinguished with the merit and excellence award at the Golden Globes ceremony, which took place this Sunday, the 2nd in October, at Coliseu dos Recreios, in Lisbon, he confesses that he would go to any corner of the world to create Rise: “When we developed this technology, we thought ‘who is the right person to design a completely revolutionary machine?’. The best in the world, which is Philippe Starck”.

Rui Miguel Nabeiro did not fail to refer to the machine as “a turning point” for the brand. To NiT, he shared how the innovation and revolution, which have accompanied Delta throughout its 60 years of existence, “will clearly elevate it to a level” where it was not.

The machine will soon be available at DeltaQ’s physical and online store, fulfilling Philippe Starck’s motto: “I don’t just dream, I make it happen”.

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Celebrities also wanted to go beyond the limits

Cristina Ferreira, Luís Borges, Filomena Cautela and many others did not fail to test gravity, when trying the tasty coffee taken at Rise. At the event that took place this Tuesday, October 4th, at “La Distillerie”, a space dedicated to events in Lisbon, several celebrities came together to witness the innovation.

Everyone gathered near the table with the three DeltaQ machines, and admiration flooded the faces of Vanessa Martins, Pedro Teixeira and the entire room as Philippe Starck took the first revolutionary coffee.

Who also didn’t fail to say a friendly word and to make his own gravity-proof coffee was Dino D’Santiago, awarded the Golden Globe for “Best Interpreter”. “The Artist who revolutionized product design with his creative and innovative mind offered me his latest creation, which will make me look at coffee with pure visual poetry,” the singer wrote on social media.

Click through the gallery to see the faces that were present on the day gravity was tested and Philippe Starck can show off his new creation.

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Joana Barrios, Cristina Ferreira and Rui Maria Pêgo. Photography: Inês Lourenço.