Michael Graves ( American, 1934 - 2015 )
Fratelli Alessi ( Italian, 1921 )
- designed 1980, produced after 1983
Adorned with plastic handles, electric blue spheres, and chimney-like finials on the lids, this tea and coffee service brings to tea drinking the audacious forms and vibrant colors of postmodernist design of the 1980s. The architect Michael Graves designed this tea and coffee service as part of an initiative by the Italian company Alessi to promote the relationship between architecture and industrial design. Indeed, the block-like forms of this service loosely suggest the shapes of the Graves's architectural works such as the Public Service Building of Portland (1982).
Kevin Tucker, DMA unpublished material, 2007.