Coastal Style

New Classics: The 9093 Teakettle

In 1985 The Cosby Show was number one in the evaluations, the Live Aid concert happened, Back to the upcoming was the highest-grossing movie, I was wearing a very short, asymmetrical New Wave hairdo and Michael Graves became the first American designer to create an object for Alessi. It was a smart teakettle designed for mass production, and thus far it’s outsold every other Alessi item. It is a slick design with a whimsical bird whistle at the end of the spout. You’d be amazed at the selection of kitchen fashions it fits right into; have a look below while I do the math on how many poor hair trends its own style has outlasted (really big perms came next) …


Alessi 9093 Kettle – $184

The teakettle’s layout gives a postmodern wink; it’s a slick mirrored-steel kettle of quite careful geometry and proportions, but then it’s this practical blue plastic handle letting you know that it’s OK to touch this part, along with a red cartoonish bird that screeches at you if the water is prepared. I wonder if those colour choices were Graves’ way of injecting a small bit of USA to the iconic Italian company’s product lineup.

Old World Kitchens & Custom Cabinets

This kitchen seems as if it could have been inspired by Graves’ kettle, with its stainless steel elements and gorgeous use of blue.

A+B KASHA Designs

The kettle is right at home being one of the only cosmetic objects in a kitchen that is minimalist.

Mal Corboy Design

Holly Marder

The kettle consists of 18/10 polished stainless steel and measures 8 1/2 inches in diameter and 9 inches high. The tapered design is efficient for boiling water fast.

Mauricio Nava Design, LLC

Ronan Rose Roberts Architects

Additionally, it works well in modern kitchens filled with warm wood accents.

Kindred Construction Ltd..

A shiny steel backsplash reflects the kettle here. Another new classic we’ve explored recently will be the chairs in this kitchen. They’re Hat Trick Chairs with a starchitect and product-designer colleague of Graves, Frank Gehry.

Rusk Renovations

The 9093 also adds a pop of charm charm to transitional kitchens.

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd..

Reico Kitchen & Bath

The kettle holds its own at a country-style kitchen perhaps as it’s a tiny critter atop its spout.

Ike Kligerman Barkley

Birdseye Design

The holding-its-own statement is true whether the kettle is in a room with full size country charm or a single with subtle country touches, such as this one. Chances are, one of these would work in your kitchen also; at 28 years old, it’s the most popular teakettle found in kitchen photographs.

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