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Metal Mickey

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The latest issue of Architectural Record features Michael Graves, who reveals the secret of his success - product design. When Kenneth Frampton observed that Graves was 'more a designer of objets d'art than an architect' he was right on the mark. Among Michael's offerings are a 'counter- top bagel holder', a 'commemorative cookie tin', a garlic press ('one of the best things we've ever done') and a best-selling toaster. But does he find room for them chez Graves? 'For a while, outside of the kitchen, I didn't allow anything I designed in the house because I have a collection of Biedermeier furniture,' says Michael. 'But I've changed that rule.' Phew.

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