Renowned for his signature architectural masterpieces around the world, Frank Gehry has only created a handful of furniture and accessory designs over the past few decades. His Easy Edges range of cardboard furniture debuted in 1972; Vitra still produces a few pieces from the range. His collection of bentwood tables and chairs for Knoll was introduced in 1992 and many of these designs are still in production today. In the late 1980s, Gehry also created a seldom-seen piece for Italian manufacturer, Alessi. Introduced in 1992 as part of a range of tea kettles introduced by Alessi, Gehry’s Pito kettle combines a canted conical form in highly polished stainless steel juxtaposed with his signature abstracted leaping fish form rendered in mahogany for both its handle and whistle. It’s always been a luxe piece and part of Alessi’s Officina Collection. Although, compared to the prices for the architect’s furniture pieces let alone the commission for a building, his Pito kettle is seemingly an incredible value. And now, even more so as an investment as Switch Modern has recently discovered that it is now in the process of being discontinued by Alessi. Once the manufacturer’s limited stock is depleted, it will no longer be available. We are delighted to still have the Pito kettle in stock and available for purchase.
Frank Gehry Objects: Wiggle chair, Vitra, 1972; Hatrick chair, Knoll, 1992; Fish necklace, Tiffany, 2006.