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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 Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
A colourful iconic mirror model "Ultrafragola" designed by Ettore Sottsass and edited by Poltronova. Made of white perplex structure with pink neon lamp inside and mirror. Made in It...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Steel

Ettore Sottsass Contemporary Modern Demilune Mod. "Demistella" Italian Console
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Madrid, ES
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1990s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Marble, Wood

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Steel, Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
A colourful iconic Mirror model "Ultrafragola" designed by Ettore Sottsass and edited by Poltronova. Made of white perplex structure with pink neon lamp inside and mirror. Made in It...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Steel

Angelo Lelli and Ettore Sottsass "Siluro" Midcentury Arredoluce Floor Lamp
By Arredoluce, Ettore Sottsass, Angelo Lelii
Located in Madrid, ES
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Metal

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Steel, Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Furniture

Materials

Steel, Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Furniture

Materials

Steel, Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Steel, Plastic

Iconic Italian "Litta" Desk by Ettore Sottsass for Zanotta, 1989
By Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta
Located in Madrid, ES
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Brass, Suede, Wood

Iconic "Loto" E. Sottsass Carrara Marble and Black Lacquered Steel Italian Table
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Madrid, ES
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Carrara Marble, Steel

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Ettore Sottsass Contemporary Modern Demilune Mod. "Demistella" Italian Console
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Madrid, ES
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Iconic Italian "Litta" Desk by Ettore Sottsass for Zanotta, 1989
By Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta
Located in Madrid, ES
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Midcentury Style Made of Brass and Pink Quartz Circular Italian Mirror
By L.A. Studio
Located in Madrid, ES
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Iconic "Loto" E. Sottsass Carrara Marble and Black Lacquered Steel Italian Table
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Madrid, ES
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Carrara Marble, Steel

Stunning Elena Salmistraro Contemporary Italian Light Blue "Bonnet" Mirror
By Elena Salmistraro
Located in Madrid, ES
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2010s Italian Ettore Sottsass Furniture

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Contemporary Italian Green "Bonnet" Mirror Designed by Elena Salmistraro
By Elena Salmistraro
Located in Madrid, ES
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