The 50 Most Iconic Designs of Everyday Objects

49. Michael Graves Tea Kettle

Year Invented: 1984

Designer: Michael Graves

Although it's one of the few successful mass-produced post-modern products, the bird-whistle tea kettle by Michael Graves sells over 100,000 units annually and is seen as a design landmark. Graves' concept was simple—a molded plastic bird that provides the sound for the kettle and recalls the memories of the American 19th century Federal tea and coffee services.

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