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From Beginning to Present

“Good design doesn’t have to be expensive” - Peter Bodum


BODUM, a family owned company, was founded in 1944 in Copenhagen, Denmark by Peter Bodum. The founder succeeded in positioning BODUM internationally already in the 1960’s owing to his unique concept: development of products, which consistently pay tribute to functionality, quality and affordability.

At BODUM’s early stage, the founder recognized the importance of industrial design and this visionary approach laid the groundwork for what BODUM stands for today.

Incorporating the principle that form follows functionality, Peter Bodum designed the vacuum coffee maker Santos. Santos was internationally acclaimed for its unique design and in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s it became one of the most important coffee makers worldwide.
In 1974, the 26-year-old Jørgen Bodum, the founder’s son, took over the BODUM® Company with the ambition of respecting BODUM’s traditions and creative work with visionary ideas.


Already in 1974, Jørgen Bodum manifested the company’s philosophy of design with the launch of BODUM’s first coffee press – Bistro.

Bistro – The French Coffee Press has been selected as the most environment friendly coffee maker by the international media and has been highly awarded by the most prestigious international and Danish design awards.

Four years later, the new CEO Jørgen Bodum, moved the company to Switzerland to strategically locate BODUM in central Europe. BODUM then began to open stores and shop in shops in cities all over the world: Paris, Copenhagen, Zurich, Lucerne, Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Okinawa, Auckland and many more.

In 1980, Jørgen Bodum established BODUM’s design unit, PI-Design. With an in-house team of designers, engineers, graphic designers, and architects, BODUM has been developing their own product design ever since - paying homage to BODUM®’s tradition of functionality and quality but with a focus on innovation.


In 1986, the opening of BODUM’s first shop in London marked another milestone in BODUM history. This impressive shop was designed, not only to perfectly showcase the large variety of BODUM products but to embody BODUM’s growing presence as an international brand.

In 1991, the ASSAM teapot was developed for the British Tea Council. With the ASSAM, BODUM reinvented tea brewing. BODUM had applied the same principles from the French coffee press system to tea brewing: a brewing process in a spacious filter easily stoppable by pressing down a plunger.

In 1992, BODUM entered the field of electrical household products. The IBIS water kettle was the first in a long line of simple as well as highly sophisticated electrical kitchen equipments: juicers, coffee grinders and etc.

Since 1974 BODUM has produced more than 100 million of French Coffee Presses and 30 million teapots.BODUM continues to broaden its collection of beautifully designed everyday life products.

Today BODUM offers its customers everything from the latest coffee and tea making products to tabletops, kitchen, storage, textiles, home and office products.
Some of BODUM’s concept stores even include a café, where BODUM’s own selection of coffees and teas are served.

The BODUM Group is a 100% family-owned business. Today, it is owned by Pia Bodum and Jørgen Bodum, daughter and son of the founder Peter Bodum.

BODUM is now more than ever focused on the further development of shop-in-shops. BODUM’s products are sold in 55 countries; there are 20 BODUM stores worldwide and many more shop-in-shops.

Coffee Accessories


BEAN: Chambord

In terms of excellent coffee brewing, manual labor is more popular than ever - that is if pressing a plunger can be qualified as manual labor. The French press lets the coffee beans develop their fullest aroma so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it is the brewing method of choice for coffee tasters trying to determine quality beans. The simplest route to an excellent cup of coffee: coarsely ground coffee, hot water, wait for 4 minutes and press down the plunger. The CHAMBORD has been a classic almost from the day it came out - still is and always will be. This latest update comes with a lid that closes off the spout which makes the Chambord spill-proof should it get knocked over. It also makes for better temperature control. The CHAMBORD comes in four different sizes (0.35 l, 0.5 l, 1.0 l, 1.5 l) and now comes with a twist, too - a golden opportunity for an excellent cup of coffee. The CHAMBORD is made from borosilicate glass, plastic, chrome-plated/gold-plated steel and silicone and is dishwasher safe.


BEAN: French Press

This new coffee maker adds an entirely new chapter to the French press success story. The borosilicate glass of the BEAN French press is encased in colorful plastic, protecting the glass beautifully. It also makes the BEAN completely spill-proof and safe, in case it gets knocked over. The silicone gasket connecting the lid and the glass has an insulating effect and helps maintain the heat of the coffee longer. The simple push of a lever lets the coffee flow into the cup - all easily manageable with one hand. The BEAN coffee maker is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.



BEAN: Kenya Coffee Press

The tested coffee press KENYA offers the best way of enjoying a cup of coffee: Easy and quick to use it is THE method if you want to brew coffee right. You will extract the most essential oils of freshly ground coffee, leaving least sediment in your cup! Simply add ground coffee, pour well temperated water, stir, wait 3 - 4 minutes and with the gentle depressing of the plunger you stop the brewing - a healing during hectic days! Drinking handmade coffee does no longer belong to the past but is a luxury of the future: We designed an entertaining coffee press with a frame entirely made of plastic. The handle and the base are protecting the user and any surface from damage through heat - the frame is protecting the glass pot, made of ultra-light, borosilicate glass. The coffee press KENYA will immerse you into the contrasting world of tasting, and savoring the full flavor profile of coffee!


BISTRO: Grinder

Ask any coffee connoisseurs and they’ll tell you that in order for coffee beans to develop their full flavor profile, they must be ground right before coming in contact with hot water. This is where the electric coffee grinder BISTRO comes in and becomes part of the coffee making ritual. BISTRO is continuously adjustable – twisting the upper bean container determines how finely ground the beans will be. But there’s more to it than that. Most coffee grinders use plastic containers to receive the ground coffee but plastic and ground coffee don’t go together well – the powder gets statically charged and spills all over the place.

The new BISTRO comes with a borosilicate glass container to catch the ground coffee as glass is inherently static-free. This and the tight plastic/rubber lid make for an excellent, no-spill coffee grinder.  The borosilicate glass container comes with a silicone band to make it slip-proof, an especially important feature when touched with wet hands.  The BISTRO is made from borosilicate glass, steel, plastic, rubber and silicone and comes in eight
beautiful colors.



Every Italian household has at least one stove-top espresso maker. To this day, they are pure Italianità and an excellent way to brew a strong cup of espresso at home - without an expensive and complicated machine that uses too much energy and takes up a lot of precious kitchen counter space. There’s just something romantic about hearing the coffee rise through the funnel and smelling the rich coffee aroma at the same time. The CHAMBORD stove-top espresso makers come in two sizes (0.18 l and 0.35 l) and in two colors (shiny aluminum and powder coated matte black). They are made from aluminum, bakelite, silicone and stainless steel.