Tea & Coffee with a
Dash of Postmodernism
Famed architect Michael Graves designed this set for Alessi as part of their “Tea and Coffee Piazza” program in the 1980s. They commissioned 11 architects to design tea sets, the tray serving as the piazza and the vessels as buildings. Graves’ set became the most popular, with its whimsical mixture of Greco-Roman forms, splashes of vivid color, and clean, postmodern simplicity. It harkened back to Josef Hoffmann’s architecturally-inspired designs from the early 20th century while staying true to the Memphis-style designs that were all the rage at the time. He would go on to design countless other popular household objects for Alessi, many of which remain in production to this day.