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Ettore Sottsass Furniture

Ettore Sottsass Jr. (Italy, 1917-2007)

An architect, industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, Ettore Sottsass led a revolution in the aesthetics and technology of modern design in the late 20th century.

     Sottsass was the oldest member of the Memphis Group — a design collective, formed in Milan in 1980, whose irreverent, spirited members included Alessandro Mendini, Michele de Lucchi, Michael Graves, and Shiro Kuramata. All had grown disillusioned by the staid, black-and-brown “corporatized” modernism that had become endemic in the 1970s. Memphis (the name stemmed from the title of a Bob Dylan song) countered with bold, brash, colorful, yet quirkily minimal designs for furniture, glassware, ceramics and metalwork. They mocked high-status by building furniture with inexpensive materials such as plastic laminates, decorated to resemble exotic finishes such as animal skins. Their work was both functional and — as intended — shocking.

     Sottsass's most-recognized designs appeared in the first Memphis collection, issued in 1981— notably the multihued, angular “Carlton” room divider and “Casablanca” bookcase. As pieces on these pages demonstrate, however, Sottsass is at his most imaginative and expressive in smaller, secondary furnishings such as lamps and chandeliers, and in table pieces and glassware that have playful and sculptural qualities.

     It was as an artist that Ettore Sottsass was celebrated in his life, in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 2006, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art a year later. Even then Sottsass’s work prompted critical debate. And for a man whose greatest pleasure was in astonishing, delighting and ruffling feathers, perhaps there was no greater accolade. That the work remains so revolutionary and bold — that it breaks with convention so sharply it will never be considered mainstream — is a testament to his genius.

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Ettore Sottsass, Ice Bucket, "Mela" "Apple" for Rinnovel
By Rinnovel, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a small art work in designing for the master architect, Ettore Sottsass. Retains vintage label. Seems almost no ware.
Category

1950s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Pair,of Ettore Sottsass Lava Glaze Ceramic Table Lamps for Bitossi
By Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Category

1960s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Furniture

Ettore Sottsass "Pausania" table /desk lamp, for Artemide, Label
By Artemide, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Ettore Sottsass Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel, Plastic

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Max Walter Svanberg Painted, Signed Tile for Rörstrand
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Gio Ponti Ceramic Vase or Urn for Richard Ginori, Signed
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
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Paolo De Poli Enamel Vase for Gio Ponti, Signed
By Gio Ponti, Paolo DePoli
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Angelo Mangiarotti, Flower "Bud" Vase/Candlestick for Knoll International
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