”Being able to support Michael Graves, the brilliant architect of postmodernism, with his first steps into product design in the early 80s is one of my many great experiences as a design manager. I think we can call Graves one of the most controversial architects of the end of the 20th. century. His path was enthusiastic and contradictory, characterised by great success and popularity.
But we also know that he was often criticised in the intellectual social circle of the industry", says Alberto Alessi. Despite this criticism, the products by Graves have remained popular.
Besides the boiler with a “bird” and the series “Tea & Coffee Piazza”, the 9098 Pepper Grinders and matching salt shakers are some of the most well-known products by Michael Graves for Alessi. At the same time, the stainless steel 9098 Pepper Grinder with oversized wings of PA plastic are an emblem of postmodern design experiments, which put Alessi on the map of the design world in the 80s.