Artist/Designer: Michael Graves
b. 1934, Indianapolis, IN
Title: The Little Dripper Coffee Set, (Coffee Pot with Lid, Coffee Filter, Creamer and Sugar Bowl with Lid)
Dimensions: Coffee pot: 7"h with lid 19.5" x 6." with dripper 9.5"h. 8 cup capacity. Dripper: 4"h x 6.25"x 6", Creamer: 3.75"h x 3.5" x 5.5", Sugar Bowl: 3"h without lid x 3.5" x 4.25"
Manufacturer: Swid Powell
Details: This set was given as a gift to the Senior Vice President, Design Director of Home for Bloomingdale's in 1985 by Nan Swid and Addie Powell. Bloomingdale's was one of the first large department stores to carry Swid Powell products. This example is in excellent condition.
Notes from the Archive: In Annette Tapert's book on Swid Powell she writes, "For Graves the correlation between his architecture and the pieces he designed for Swid Powell is the use of figurative motif and the application of color. "In many of these artifacts, I've used a similar palette, but in the symbolic sense," Graves notes. "For instance, on the Little Dripper coffee pot, the terra cotta base represents the heat and color of coffee and the blue signifies water. This is a direct association to some extent, but with an abstract touch. In the end, though, it's ornamental, and the associations are the relationship of color and form." Tapert goes on to quote Graves on his straightforward love of products, "Everything I design is a direct result of what I want in my own home. I designed The Little Dripper because I'm partial to filter-drip coffee and I was dissatisfied with the aesthetics of the models that were on the market."
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