Posted 9 years ago
"Use it or simply enjoy looking at it – the choice is yours…"
On the Tea Time Theme I thought I'd show Richard Sapper's kettle 9091 for Alessi. This was in a skip. It had been trashed. It still functions perfectly well, has no leaks and has a two toned whistle that functions properly. Someone had just gotten bored with it. A few light scratches from use on the mirror surface.
It still brings a smile to my face each morning. So does the Smiley mug gifted to me by AmberRose! Not to mention the Lilies!
It is an arch shape that has recurred in the last few items, austro!
It was the first of the "Designer Kettles" of the 80's! Love the handle too.
Good functional design Sapper cleverly replaced the annoying shrill sound of most whistling kettles with a brass whistle that produces the ‘E’ and ‘B’ notes that sound similar to the river boat whistles heard on the Rhine. Sapper apparently spent time collaborating with a maker of tuning pipes in the Black Forest to obtain a particularly attractive melody.
It's part of the Alessi Officina collection – an area reserved for Alessi’s most challenging and innovative products that are often limited to small-scale productions.
Wikipedia says of Sapper in part: Richard Sapper, born 1932 in Munich, is a German industrial designer based in Milan, Italy. He is considered one of the most iconic designers of his generation, his products typically featuring a combination of technical innovation, simplicity of form and an element of wit and surprise. He has received numerous international design awards, including 10 prestigious Compasso d'Oro awards and the Raymond Loewy Foundation's Lucky Strike award. His products are part of the permanent collections of many museums around the world, with over 15 represented at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as well as London's Victoria and Albert and Design Museums.