A short discussion about the Michael Graves Kettle for Alessi. The kettle, designed in the 1980s, was instrumental in a resurgence of developing new designs for functional home products. Graves and his staff designed hundreds of products for American consumers, further associating wide-ranging changes in design with his name. I touch a bit on functionality, branding/marketing, the evident inability for many American consumers to boil water, and question the utility of the limited edition market.

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