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When Philip Johnson declared in 1988 that “Michael Graves’ 15 minutes are up,” he obviously didn’t anticipate the younger architect’s fortuitous alliance with Target. Although Graves descent from New York avant-gardist to mainstream tchotchke-hawker began over 15 years ago when he began designing the chic chrome tea kettles and salt cellars purveyed by museum stores across the nation, he’s now poised to invade suburban homes everywhere with the “1999 Michael Graves Design Collection”—a new line of more than 200 home decor objects, appliances, and lawn and garden furniture due at your local Target by month’s end. Target bills the Graves design touch as “shaped by Midwestern sensibilities; Ivy League training and an Italian sojourn;…a deep curiosity about ancient civilizations and a life rooted in central New Jersey.” Perhaps only in New Jersey will Target be able to sell “the spare modernism of a garden chair accented by woods and trusses common to ancient Thebes.” Target also just happens to be the biggest backer of the $6.5 million Washington Monument overhaul, for which Graves designed the blue sheath that will shortly coat the skeletal scaffolding. Graves lectures on his upcoming projects, which include the U.S. Federal Courthouse Annex downtown (pictured), at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20. (202) 343-9546. (Jessica Dawson)