Artist/Designer: Michael Graves
b. 1934 Indianapolis, IN - 2015 Princeton, NJ
Title: Kettle with Bird Whistle 1985
Medium: 18/10 Stainless steel and polyamide
Dimensions: 10.5" h to top of handle, 8.75 to top of kettle x 8.5".
Details: This charming tea kettle has sold more units than any other Alessi product. The bird whistles when the water comes to a boil and is removable. The water boils faster due to its wide base and overall design. Kettle holds 67 ounces and is hand washable. Stamped on bottom, Alessi Made in Italy. Designed in 1985, this example from 2002 in original box.
Notes from the Archive: "Everything I design is a direct result of what I want in my home", Michael Graves was often quoted as saying. This design incorporates his signature colors, blue/grey in reference to the sky and sea, and a rusty, red-brown to designate the earth. These colors have now become symbolic of the Post-Modern movement, due to Graves continued widespread use in his designs during those years. An iconic design by architect Michael Graves included in major design museums world-wide. No modern design collection is complete without one.
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