Featured in countless magazine articles and film sets, the little teapot has continued to enchant audiences since it was first launched in 1985 and can be found in the permanent collections of museums and international institutions around the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Australia and the MuDe: Museum of Design and Fashion in Lisbon.
Graves' highly personal formal language fuses inspiration from the European tradition, Art Deco, American pop art, and recollections of pre-Columbian cultures. Like only a few authors in the Alessi catalogue, the American architect has shown that he knows how to fascinate the general public as well.
As described in the Harvard Business Review, unlike a teapot that simply indicates that the water is boiling, Michael Graves' whistling bird teapot is designed to bring joy to its users. And while the kettle's wide base makes the water boil faster, Graves' design "showed its greatest originality in broadening people's expectations of what a kettle was and did and, indeed, the nature of the breakfast experience."
Made of 18/10 stainless steel and thermoplastic resin.
Capacity: 200 cl. Diameter: 22 cm. Height: 22.5 cm.
MICHAEL GRAVES was born in Indianapolis, July 9, 1934 and died in Princeton, March 12, 2015, was an American architect. He studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. Graves worked for two years as an assistant at the American Academy in Rome and then set up his architectural practice in Princeton, New Jersey. There he became a professor at Princeton University in 1972.
As an architect, Graves is a leading representative of the post-modernist movement in the United States. His buildings retain the clarity of line characteristic of modern design, but incorporate classical elements, giving his work a less technical and cold, more human look.
In 2001 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.
In addition to being an architect, Graves is a designer and has become widely known to the public through his designs for everyday household utensils (Alessi).
ALESSI is the kitchen appliance manufacturer that has created some of the most significant objects in our everyday lives. Established in 1921, Alessi has always stood out for the high quality of its products and its modern minimalism, which add a contemporary touch to any space. Alessi has remained at the cutting edge of design and innovation and continues to work with the most important modern designers, which is why it is currently considered ‘the’ Italian design factory.
- Acier (inoxydable), Résine thermoplastique
- Designer / Artiste
- Michael Graves
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- Modèle / Nom
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- Pays d’origine
- Bon état - Utilisé, présentant de petites traces de vieillissement