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Astor Table Lamp by Thomas Bley for Memphis Collection
By Thomas Bley
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Thomas Bley 1982 Table lamp in decorative laminate and lacquered wood. Designed in 1982 by Thomas
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2010s Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Laminate, Wood, Lacquer

Italian Memphis Style Desk Lamp, 1980s
By Memphis Group
Located in MIJDRECHT, NL
Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Shiro Kuramata and Thomas Bley. Ettore Sottsass left the
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Antique 1890s Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italian Memphis Style Desk Lamp, 1980s
Italian Memphis Style Desk Lamp, 1980s
H 17.72 in W 15.75 in D 7.88 in

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Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Synthesis Black Ashtray, Italy, 1970s
By Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Naples, IT
Large black ABS ashtray, Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Synthesis, Sistema 45 series, 1972. Iconic object from the revolutionary office furniture system Synthesis 45, presented by Oli...
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Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Valentine Typewriter, Italy 1960s
By Ettore Sottsass, Olivetti
Located in Naples, IT
Famous and Iconic Portable Typewriter Mod. Valentine designed by Ettore Sottsass and Peter King, for the company Olivetti Italia in 1960, the typewriter is in very good condition wit...
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Olivetti Synthesis 'Synthesis 45' Complete set plus clamp desk organizer
By Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milano, IT
Olivetti ‘Synthesis 45' complete set with rare clamp desk organizer, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti italy in 1972. This versatile set offers the option of combining the p...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Portable typwriter valentine by Ettore Sottsass / Perry King for Olivetti
By Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass, Perry King
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
The Olivetti Valentine is a portable, mechanical, travel typewriter that was manufactured by the Italian company Olivetti from 1969 to 2000. It is known for its unconventional design...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Olivetti Lettera 36 Portable Typewriter Designed by Ettore Sottsass. circa 1970s
By Ettore Sottsass, Olivetti
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Olivetti Lettera 36 Portable Typewriter with the Original Case. circa early 1970s Created by famed Italian designer/architect Ettore Sottsass, The Olivetti Lettera 36, was t...
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Sottsass Ettore design in years 70 for Olivetti Italy typewriting desk Synthesis
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Biella, IT
Sottsass Ettore design in years 70 for Olivetti Italy typewriting desk Synthesis
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Metal

Postmodern Ettore Sottsass Model 592 "Fischietto" Vase For Habitat, 2000
By Habitat International, Ettore Sottsass
Located in London, GB
For sale a rare & iconic Post-Modern “FISCHIETTO” ("Whistle" in Italian) vase designed by Ettore Sottsass, produced by Habitat in 2000 and made of earthenware, glazed in light & dark...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Sottsass Ettore design in years 70 for Olivetti Italy typewriting desk Synthesis
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Biella, IT
Sottsass Ettore design in years 70 for Olivetti Italy typewriting desk Synthesis the color of the desk are white/cream and brown
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20th Century Ettore Sottsass Pair of Ottomans Mod Dado T29 for Poltronova, 1960s
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Turin, Turin
Ettore Sottsass grew up in Turin, and graduated in architecture from the Turin Polytechnic in 1939. In 1947, he founded his own studio in Milan. In 1956, Sottsass moved to New York w...
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Wood

Malabar Sideboard by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Malabar sideboard with cupboard in plastic by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano collection Additional information: Sideboard with cupboard in plastic laminate. Shelves in plasti...
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2010s Sideboards

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Plastic

20th Century Ettore Sottsass Centerpiece mod Murmansk for Memphis, 1980s
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in Turin, Turin
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Ettore Sottsass Walnut Rocchetto Side Table for Poltronova, 1964, Set of 2
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Vicenza, IT
Pair of Rocchetto side tables, designed by Ettore Sottsass and manufactured by Poltronova in 1964. Made of lacquered walnut wood. Excellent vintage condition. Ettore Sottsass Jr., a...
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Italian modern Wastepaper basket by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Synthesis 1970
By Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern Wastepaper basket by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Synthesis, 1970s Square-based wastepaper basket in burgundy red plastic. The structure is made up of a series of cor...
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"Moonlight" by Ettore Sottsass for Arredoluce, Italy 1971
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Amstelveen, NL
Rare and collectible floorlamp, model 'Moonlight', by Ettore Sottsass for Arredoluce, Italy 1971. A tall square mirror-like column opens up at one side to reveal a neon tube. Close...
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Metal

Limited Edition Vase O by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese Artificial flower vase O by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numered pieces, number 3 / 1...
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1990s European Modern Vases

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Synthesis Chairs by Ettore Sottsass's Design for Olivetti
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Rare set of seven Synthesis Chairs by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti, marked under the seat, produced from 1970-1979.
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Timeline rug by Thomas Bley, prototype of reedition
By Thomas Bley
Located in Cologne, DE
In 1984 Prof. Thomas Bley created the Timeline-artwork, therefore he used his thumb print as a
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Western European Rugs

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A Close Look at modern Furniture

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.