• Alessi Tea Rex Whistle
  • Alessi Tea Rex Whistle

Alessi Tea Rex Whistle

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To mark its Kettle  anniversary Graves envisioned a new evolution of the kettle, redesigning its whistle. The initial idea, completed before his death, transformed the bird into a cross between an imaginary and mythological prehistoric creature.

The “Tea Rex” whistle is a jade green dragon that symbolizes strength and fortune in the Chinese culture. Made out of 18/10 stainless steel and produced, like the original, at the company’s Crusinallo site, the “Tea Rex” kettle comes with a jade whistle combined with a blue handle, and with a metallic colored whistle with copper paired with a black handle.

To celebrate the anniversary, the wording “Tea Rex 9093 30th anniversary” is stamped on the lid of the kettle around the ball grip. 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.Of the new whistle, designer Michael Graves said: “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 color 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.”

The Tea Rex kettle is produced in the same Crusinallo, Italy factory as the famous original and comes in two versions. The color of the familiar curved handle corresponds to the choice of whistle: blue grip with orange accents for the jade dragon, and black with blue accents for the copper fire-breather. In both versions, the ball-grip for the lid comes in the original black, and a base of magnetic steel makes it suitable for all varieties of cooktops, including induction. Tea Rex also comes in special packaging that highlights the contrast between the original and new whistles

Set ot Two whisltes  



Red and light green

  • Michael Graves

    Michael Graves was born in Indianapolis, he teaches architecture in Princeton since 1962. His architectural works include the Portland Building and the Humana Building, the extension of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Newark Museum. He created the best-selling 9093 kettle for Alessi
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