The last project Michael Graves completed for Alessi references one of his earliest creations for the company: The 9093 kettle, better known as the Bird Teakettle. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the iconic piece, the late architect designed a new component for what's being called the Tea Rex kettle. In January 2015, Graves explained the development of this update. "In bird years, thirty is equivalent to Methuselah's life span!" Graves said, describing his new design for the Dragon Whistle. "So when Alberto Alessi asked me to design a new whistle to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our teakettle, I imagined a new evolution in the history of our kettle. One where our little bird might transform into a super-hero: a reptilian creature that is at once prehistoric, mythological, and futuristic." "I chose the dragon imagery and its jade green color because of the rich cultural heritage found in Chinese folklore that uses the dragon to symbolize power and good luck," Graves said. "Our dragon is friendly and he decidedly does not breathe fire, but perhaps lets off a little steam! He has a smile on his face, an easy-to-hear whistle, and a wing span that makes it easy to remove him from our teakettle when the water boils. We hope our dragon will proudly protect our kettle and your kitchen for years to come." Two versions of Tea Rex are offered: one with a jade green whistle and one—a limited edition of 9,999—with a brass, metallic-finish whistle.
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During last week's London Design Festival, Zaha Hadid introduced a collection of housewares and tabletop items created exclusively for the posh Harrods department store. No stranger to merchandising opportunities—the architect has produced a bevy of brand extensions, including furniture, swimsuits, wine bottles, jewelry, and shoes—this latest venture is described as a "luxury homeware line." The sharp-sighted may discern a resemblance between some of these new products and certain Hadid projects. The decorative motif of a ceramic candleholder seems similar to the base of her proposed Miami development, One Thousand Museum. A swooping acrylic serving platter recalls the Aquatic Centre, created for the London Olympics. A resin chess board is populated with all sorts of sinuous towers—it's a veritable Zaha City. If you're interested in feathering your nest with these items, prices range from the reasonable ($60 for a china tea cup) to the prohibitive (more than $16,300 for the Aqua platter). Harrods has an exclusive on the collection for a month; then it will be available through Zaha Hadid Design.