Alessi Tea Rex with Black Handle and Dragon in cCopper finish 9093 Kettle Whistle to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary

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Alessi is soon to release a new version of the 9093 kettle whistle to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Designed initially in 1985 by renowned Michael Graves, the stainless steel kettle with red bird-shaped whistle has become an icon of the 20th century. After 30 years, Graves transformed the recognizable whistle into a special dragon and new colorful, metallic versions of the bird. Sadly this marks the end of a legendary collaboration between Alessi and Michael Graves, as Graves passed away this year. The dragon seems to come as a fitting symbol to remember a great influential designer.
Titled “Tea Rex”, the new whistle is made out of 18/10 stainless steel and produced, like the original, at the company’s Crusinallo site. The kettle comes with a jade whistle combined with a blue handle, and with a metallic coloured whistle with copper paired with a black handle. The jade dragon was particularly chosen for its symbolism in Chinese culture as strength and fortune.


In bird years, thirty is equivalent to Methuselah’s life span! 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 colour because of the rich cultural heritage found in Chinese folklore that uses the dragon to symbolize power and good luck. 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.

– Michael Graves
Both versions of the kettle come with the original black ball-grip for the lid, with the words “Tea Rex 9093 30th anniversary” engraved around it. The graphics of the 30th anniversary packaging are also special with the icon of the new whistle set in contrast to that of the original project.

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Alessi Tea Rex with Black Handle and Dragon in cCopper finish 9093 Kettle Whistle to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary

Both versions of the kettle come with the original black ball-grip for the lid, with the words “Tea Rex 9093 30th anniversary” engraved around it. The graphics of the 30th anniversary packaging are also special with the icon of the new whistle set in contrast to that of the original project.

$220.00
SKU: 8003299392247

Availability: In stock

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