Despite the fact that his name is associated especially with postmodernism, Michael Graves began with modernism and was a big fan of Le Corbusier. At the age of 30, having founded his own architectural bureau, Michael Graves & Associates, in 1969 he, along with Peter Eisenman, Richard Meier, John Hejduk and Charles Gwathmey, became one of the “New York Five” who tried to update the language of modernism. By 1980, when his public utility project in Oregon Portland won the city competition, Michael Graves had finally reconsidered his relationship with modernism and popularized postmodernism.
In parallel with the architecture Michael Graves actively engaged in industrial design: he designed teapots, watches, furniture, toasters and telephone sets, making postmodernism fashionable and affordable to the mass consumer.
Natalia Kniazkova & Kristina Gatsenko
Gosprom , Kharkiv, Ukraine / Kiev River Port
June 10, 2018