Famous American architect Michael Graves died on on March 14. He graduated from Harvard and, with Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey and John Hejduk, formed the New York Five, a group of architects who redefined modernism in the seventies.
Michael Graves designed important, well-known postmodern buildings such as the Portland Building in Oregon, the Humana insurance tower in Louisville, the Disney studios in Burbank and Denver Central Library.
In the ’80s he encountered Memphis, a group of designers founded by Ettore Sottsass, and in the years after that Michael Graves designed objects for everyday use: the designs for which he is best known, and that encouraged the general public to approach the world of design, such as the famous Alessi kettle 9093 with the bird designed in 1985.
Michael Graves won prestigious prizes such as the Nation Medal of the Arts (1999), the AIA Gold Medal (2001) and the Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture (2012).