Alessi Kettle Show

Mezzanine presents the Alessi Kettle Show from May 12 to May 30, 2004. The show is an historical overview of water kettles and tea and coffee accessories from the groundbreaking Italian housewares manufacturer. Prominently featured are the iconic "Water Kettle with Bird Whistle" by Michael Graves, and the out-of-production "Hot Bertaa" kettle by Philippe Starck. The exhibit features designs dating back as far as 1878 by major architects and designers such as Christopher Dresser, Achille Castiglione, Aldo Rossi, and Richard Sapper.

On Wednesday, May 12, there will be an opening reception from 5 to 8pm featuring refreshments and catering provided by Eve, The Restaurant.

Mezzanine is the Ann Arbor-based design store that features the best in classic to contemporary modern furniture, lighting, accessories and gifts. Founded in 1998, Mezzanine carries some of the leading names in modern design, such as Alessi, Herman Miller, Artifort, Rosenthal, iittala, Jonathan Adler, Stelton, and Kartell.

Alessi has gained a world-wide reputation for the high quality and integrity of design of their housewares. They have produced some of the most popular modern design objects of the 20th century, including Michael Graves' kettle and Philippe Starck's "Juicy Salif" juicer. In their book "The Dream Factory" they describe their pursuit this way:

Many objects are simply part of everyday life; in the neutral, reassuring setting of home we make use of them almost without noticing. But then there are objects which somehow make commonplace gestures more pleasing, more straightforward, more "personal."

In addition to rare and out-of-production pieces, the show consists of many pieces currently in production. Special orders for these pieces will be discounted 10% for the duration of the show.