Artist/Designer: Michael Graves
b. 1934, Indianapolis, IN - 2015, Princeton, NJ
Title: Salt Castor and Pepper Mill Prototype (Sold as set)
Medium: Metal with polyamide tops
Dimensions: Pepper: 5.5" x 2.5" diameter. Salt: 4.5" x 2.5 diameter.
Details: Designed in 1988. Adjustable mechanism in the pepper mill for a coarse or fine grind. This set is a pre-production prototype shipped from Italy to be used as the trade show sample for the new product introduction. Later offered in this color variation for a limited time. Purchased from an Alessi employee-only sale. As prototypes, these samples could not be sold to the public, as testing had not been completed. As it is marked as a prototype it is not guaranteed to be food safe. Bottom of mill still has original sticker denoting prototype version. Current production is in chrome with colored tops.
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. A whimsical pair, totemic and architectural, these are classic Post-modern Graves, in his now-ubiquitous signature colors. A tiny cityscape for shelf or table.
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