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Michael Graves dies at 80; pioneering figure in postmodern architecture
Michael Graves dies at 80; pioneering figure in postmodern architecture

Not many architects can claim to have spearheaded a major design movement. Michael Graves played a prominent role in three. Graves, who died Thursday at 80 of natural causes at his home in Princeton, N.J., was a pioneering figure in postmodernism in the 1980s and '90s. He added historical ornament and bright color to prominent and often controversial buildings like the Portland municipal building in Oregon, the Denver Central Library, the 26-story Humana tower in Louisville, Ky., and the Disney Studios in Burbank. As a product designer, creating chess sets, stainless-steel colanders and dustpans for Target and tea kettles for Alessi, Graves brought high-design housewares to a...

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