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The MG35 tea infuser enriches the family of objects designed by Michael Graves around his famous kettle with the bird-shaped whistle. In 1988 Graves added the first two objects of the series to the kettle, the 9096 Creamer and the 9098 sugar bowl, which were soon followed by other pieces distinctive for the same formal language. The tea infuser has a little grip that recalls the shape of the famous kettle’s whistle: a bird with its wings open. The grip is made from silicone, as is the closure at the base of the cone that keeps the tea leaves in the cone during infusion.
Born in Indianapolis, he teaches architecture in Princeton since 1962. His architectural works include the Portland Building and the Humana Building, the extension of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Newark Museum. He created the best-selling 9093 kettle for Alessi. Michael Graves died in 2015.