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90/1048 Beverage dispensing machine with components, instructions, and packaging, ''Quintet' Cafe-Bar', plastic / metal / paper / card, designed by Adam Laws, Nielsen Design Associates, made and distributed by Cafe-Bar International, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1989. Click to enlarge.

''Quintet' Cafe-Bar' beverage dispensing machine with components and packaging

Designed
Cafe-Bars replaced a lot of tea ladies in the 1960s and 1970s ('tea gentlemen' were quite rare). In 1963 the company patented a butterfly valve that delivered the exact amount of instant coffee, powdered tea, milk, soup, chocolate or sugar, keeping ingredient costs low and reducing mess.

The first blue-painted metal models were designed for the factory floor. But by the 1970s, Cafe-Bar wanted to expand its market into offices and waiting rooms. The plastic Compact model was the first to be …

Summary

Object No.

90/1048

Object Statement

Beverage dispensing machine with components, instructions, and packaging, ''Quintet' Cafe-Bar', plastic / metal / paper / card, designed by Adam Laws, Nielsen Design Associates, made and distributed by Cafe-Bar International, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1989

Physical Description

everage dispensing machine, 'Quintet' Cafe-Bar, plastic/ metal, designed by Adam Laws, Nielsen Design Associates, made and distributed by Cafe-Bar International, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1989

Hot drink dispensing machine constructed from injected moulded light grey plastic with dark grey trim. Formed with a wedge shaped box dispenser suspended on a pedestal above a wide wedge shaped tray. The wedge shaped box dispenser has a row of knobs across the front. The front of this module opens to reveal 5 clear plastic dispensing bottles and a rectangular hot water tank.

Marks

Rear, marked on a sticker ' Cafe Bar Quintet / Manufactured and Distributed by / Cafe Bar International / A division of Unifoods pty Ltd / Sydney Australia / Reg. Design / No.101159 / Patents pending / volts 240 A.C. / watts 2400 / 002979'

Dimensions

Height

590 mm

Width

550 mm

Depth

310 mm

Production

Notes

The 'Quintet' was designed in Australia by Adam Laws at Nielsen Design Associates. It was based on an Australian idea for office vending machines. It is the third version of the small Cafe Bar machine that covers the 'Mini' in 1967, then the 'Compact' in 1974. It was exported to 26 countries. Australian Design Registration AU 101159.

History

Notes

The 'Quintet' won an Australian Design Award in 1990.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Cafe Bar International, 1990

Acquisition Date

19 November 1990

Cite this Object

Harvard

''Quintet' Cafe-Bar' beverage dispensing machine with components and packaging 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 January 2022, <https://ma.as/102215>

Wikipedia

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