Michael Graves at J.C. Penney

Michael Graves at J.C. Penney

Princeton’s award winning genius architect Michael Graves ended his partnership with Target back in March of 2012. Bringing high end design to Target broke the mold for “big box” stores and allowed most people to afford fabulous design. Since 1999 he brought over 2,000 products to Target ranging from outdoor showers to an array of other kitchen gadgets.


Now we can watch the boom for smart design continue with his new lines for J.C. Penney. The store has been re-inventing their Home Department after looming sales and a recent change in the guards. The company brought former CEO Myron Ullman back in charge and he’s trying to win back customers with a slick line of affordable housewares as one strategy. Over 300 designs for the kitchen and home make up the Graves collection which is available now at J.C. Penney.

My favorite piece by Graves has always been the Bird Tea Kettle ($180) picked up in the Princeton store a few years ago. The kettle is manufactured by Alessi and is an iconic functional piece for your kitchen. Listen to the bird sing as your water boils.

Graves has designed many tea kettles during his career and one that hit the shelves at Target was a more affordable, “Spinner Tea kettle” which retailed for $54.00. If you missed out on the Target kettles, pick up the latest kettle at JCPenny for $58.00.
The bell doesn’t ring, but the whistle is just right.



The earthy modern look of terracotta and wooden pieces are a great change from the plastics used by Target and the collection looks like it has something for everyone. We are already eyeing up the slow cooker which would look fabulous on any kitchen Counter. ($80)

Graves Design Studio
338 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ 08540
Thurs-Sat 10-5pm

Quakerbridge Mall
150 Quakerbridge Mall, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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