I have never been a fan of Michael Graves; he ruled the post-modern era, that many architects try to forget as a bad dream. His famous kettle for Alessi was a terrible design that barely worked at its most basic functions; the lid was hard to get off and on and the whistle didn't. I usually do obituaries when famous architects pass, but in this case I took a pass.
Over at MNN, Matt Hickman did a long and thoughtful obituary that made me reconsider.
Graves was a different man to different people: a pioneering and highly influential architect who designed 350 buildings of all sorts across the globe; an industrial design heavyweight whose name was attached to over 2,000 household items; a wheelchair-bound champion of universal design who strived to “humanize” architecture for all people.... Graves held the somewhat strange distinction of being a non-household name designer of household products — that is, he was the first established architect-turned-industrial designer to truly democratize quality design and bring it to the big box store-shopping masses.
It is definitely worth a read at MNN.