The '9093' Kettle Celebrates 30 Years with a Unique Whistling Dragon

By: Cadhla Gray - Aug 29, 2015
References: alessi & dezeen
The late Michael Graves created a best-selling '9093 Kettle' three decades ago and for its 30th anniversary he designed another version just before his passing. The original kettle had a small delicate bird on the end of the spout which acted as the whistle. The updated version replaces the bird with an iconic dragon as Graves liked that it was simultaneously "prehistoric, mythological and futuristic."

The dragon represents an evolution of the 9093 kettle's design. Like the bird did, the dragon whistles when the steam passes through, signifying the hot water has boiled. Italian design brand 'Alessi' features the kettle-topping whistle in green, copper or limited-edition brass. Alberto Alessi himself describes Graves as in tune with "popular taste," as his 9093 kettle has sold over 1.5 million copies since 1985.