Hunter S. Mencken points out this amazing espresso machine from Swiss designer Carlo Borer, noting it "looks like WWII naval mine." It's gorgeous—and might even be available for purchase, although I can't quite determine if that's so. (I'm nearly positive it is, but the Saeco web site linked at Appliancist doesn't seem to list it.)
While it does remind me a of a mine, as well, the tripod legs and the phallic handle below remind me of a
Vernsian Wellsian Martian automaton.