BOOKS: Michael Graves' Art of the Object

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Over Two Million Sold
From Melcher Media (www.melcher.com) comes Michael Graves Designs: The Art of the Everyday Object, $24.95, written by Phil Patton and designed by Pentagram. In addition to his acclaimed career as an architect, Graves has created more than 1,000 consumer products over the last three decades, and his well-known collaboration with Target Stores has produced toasters, jewelry, clocks, watches, packaging, telephones, frames, fans, games, a wireless computer mouse and even a prefabricated modular home. Graves has worked with the Walt Disney Co., Sunar, Steuben, Belvedere Studio and Dansk, among many others, and his whistling bird teakettle (at right), for Italian tableware manufacturer Alessi, has sold to the tune of two million units since 1985. As architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote in Metropolis recently, "The democratization of design is the great design story of our age, and Graves is the only serious architect who has participated in it with total, unconflicted zeal. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that he is as much a cause as an effect of this phenomenon."
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