Michael Graves is an influential architect and designer. He studied at Harvard University and taught at Princeton University while designing private houses in the abstract and austere style of orthodox Modernism. However, in the late 1970's he rejected this Modernist expression and began seeking a larger, Post-modernist vocabulary. The hulking masses of the Portland Building and the Humana Building both display his highly personal, Cubist new rendering of such Classical elements as colonnades and loggias. Though sometimes considered somewhat awkward, these and his later buildings, such as the Indianapolis Art Center, have been acclaimed for their ironic interpretation of traditional forms. It is this sensibility that has projected Graves to a star among designers, as can be seen in his many designs for Alessi that clearly depict a "new Americana," such as the best selling 9093 Kettle.The 9093 Kettle with Bird Whistle became a household favorite throughout the world from the very beginning (1985). This sole design has sold the greatest number of units in the entire history of Alessi, and, furthermore, it has been cited in numerous design manuals as one of the "most influential objects of the post-modern style." It is considered a forerunner to designs of today that incorporate a very playful, Americana approach. Also available are a Sugar Bowl and Creamer that are perfect mates to this piece, the 9096 and 9097. They are beautiful classic pieces that are also made from 18/10 stainless steel and polyamide for the handles and lid knobs. When together, these pieces make a wonderful, playful tea set.
|9096 Creamer by Michael Graves,1988||1.75" H x 4.25" W x 4.25" D||Unavailable|
|9097 Sugar Bowl with Spoon by Michael Graves,1988||3.25" H x 4.25" W x 4.25" D||Unavailable|
|Signature Whistle Tea Kettle||9" H x 8.5" W x 8.5" D||Unavailable|
|Product Category:||Tea Kettles|
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Alessi 9093/96/97 Tea Set by Michael Graves