This summer, iconic Italian design company Alessi dusted off a classic of postmodern design. A tea-kettle, created in 1985 by the American designer Michael Graves for Alessi, became so celebrated that it has already close to two million and still continues to be a must-have for design-conscious buyers.
Founded in 1921, Alessi has, through the years been very open to collaboration with external designers. This particular object was a surprising marriage between great design and mass production, which the American market and its designers, like Graves, were of course familiar with.
The architect-trained Graves fused Art Deco with Pop Art to create a rounded stainless steel pyramid topped by a circular and colourful blue and red handle. As the icing on this playful cake, a whistle in the form of a red bird sits on the spout, alerting its owner when the water is boiling.
For its 35th anniversary, Graves has replaced the bird-whistle with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, allowing for a play of words that renames the 9093 Alessi classic the ‘Tea-Rex’. Which one is your favourite?
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