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  • Place of origin:

    Milan (made)

  • Date:

    1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Graves, Michael, born 1914 (designer)
    Alessi (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stainless steel, polyamide

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:

    M.11 to B-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The body, of stainless steel, is in the shape of a cone. There is a line of raised studs, encircling the body, just above the lower rim. The circular base has a series of three, concentric indented rings. The lid which is completely detachable is a plain hemispherical section with a retaining flange at the base and is surmounted by a black, polyamide, spherical knob. The spout is a short, tapered angled cone attached to the body at the front. In the spout sits a red polyamide whistle in the shape of a bird. It is retained by a banana plug. The handle which lies in the same axis as the spout is two circular sectors of stainless steel rod supporting a blue polyamide grip, curved to the same radius. The grip itself is a cylindrical section with undulations on the underside to facilitate handling. The grip is retained on either side by a small, black washer and a red polyamide sphere.

Place of Origin

Milan (made)


1985 (made)


Graves, Michael, born 1914 (designer)
Alessi (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Stainless steel, polyamide

Marks and inscriptions

Stamped on the base


Height: 22.5 cm, Width: 24 cm, Diameter: 22 cm

Object history note

Given by Alessi through their British agents, Penhallow Marketing Ltd, Sheffield.

Historical context note

The stylistic features of Graves's work, whether it is on large scale commissions such as the city administration building for Portland, Oregon or on a small scale such as this kettle for Alessi, owes as much, iconographically, to Hollywood as to traditional, classical sources.

Descriptive line

Kettle, stainless steel and polyamide, Italy, Milan, made by Alessi s.p.a., designed by Micahel Graves, 1985.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Steel & Style, From Project to Product, The Story of Alessi Household Ware, Patricia Scarzella, Arcadia Edizioni, Milan 1985 (translated 1987) pp.129-130
p.267. pl.239
ed. Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt, Postmodernism Style and Suversion, 1970-1990, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2011
Towards Post-Modernism, Design Since 1851, Michael Collins, British Museum Publications, 1987, p.133, illus. pl. 139


Stainless steel; Polyamide



Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Product design


Metalwork Collection

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