Glad there’s at least two of us that aren’t keen on the styling!
I’ve been a designer by trade for 20 years so I’m probably overly picky. I just like stuff that feels a bit more timeless. The E61, Eames chairs, Triumph twins, Leica rangefinders, Rolex Submariners. Stuff that looks as good today as it did 50 years ago.
It’s why I have the fondness for Mahlkönig and Mazzer. For me, the only others I really think look great are probably the Moca and the HG-1.
I do think the gen 2 Ode looks pretty good for the money although probably not zero retention or really viable for espresso.
Id be surprised if the Niche v2 did get a drastic restyle as love it or hate it, it’s become fairly iconic by this point.