Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Pito Teakettle

"Pito" Teakettle

Designed by Frank O. Gehry, American (born Canada), 1929. Made by Alessi S.p.A., Crusinallo, Italy, 1921 - present.

Made in Crusinallo, Italy, Europe

Designed 1988; manufactured from 1992

Stainless steel, mahogany, plastic

9 1/4 x 7 x 8 3/8 inches (23.5 x 17.8 x 21.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2003

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Along with other designers and architects, Gehry was invited by Alberto Alessi to design a teakettle for Alessi's family-owned metalwares firm near Milan. This helmet-shaped kettle resembles one version of the Lewis guesthouse, and the mahogany handle and stopper reference the many fish forms that appear throughout the design process.