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.

Venini Nopuram Table Lamp in Red by Ettore Sottsass
Venini Nopuram Table Lamp in Red by Ettore Sott...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
Venini Nopuram table lamp in red by Ettore Sottsass. Numbered edition for year Year of manufacture: 1994-2017 Marble base Color: Red Measurements: Ø 15.74", H 25.98" 1 x max ...
Venini Ratrih Floor Lamp by Ettore Sottsass
Venini Ratrih Floor Lamp by Ettore Sottsass
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps
Venini Ratrih floor lamp by Ettore Sottsass. Numbered edition for year Year of manufacture: 1994-2017 Marble base Color: Milk-white/black Measurements: Ø 18.11", H 66.92" 1 x...
Sottsass TOTEM  Made by Bitossi, Italy
Sottsass TOTEM Made by Bitossi, Italy
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
1990s Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
Sottsass TOTEM in ceramic. Ettore Sottsass designed this TOTEM for Bitossi in Italy. Limited edition of 150. This is piece 44/150. Signed and numbered on the bottom of the TOTEM. The...
Ettore Sottsass Pair of Quattro SE 314 Coat Hooks, Italy, circa 1985
Ettore Sottsass Pair of Quattro SE 314 Coat Hoo...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coat Racks and Stands
This pair of coat hooks designed by Ettore Sottsass circa 1985 are very rare. The coat hooks were made of solid polished brass and are in best condition. These coat hooks, which are ...
Ettore Sottsass for Venini Table Lamp Nopuram
Ettore Sottsass for Venini Table Lamp Nopuram
Ettore Sottsass, Murano, Venini & Co.
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Glass, Art Glass, Marble
A beautiful table lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Venini, Murano. hand blown glass, marble base. Numbered and signed by Venini. Colors: Pink, green and red.
Ultrafragola Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
Ultrafragola Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Mirror, Acrylic
Ultrafragola mirror (from Mobile Grigi series of designs.) Ettore Sottsass (Italian.) Original design: 1970, production 1995. Opaline plastic, mirror, pink neon light within, nick...
Ettore Sottsass Vase 'a'

Ettore Sottsass Vase 'a'

By Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass Vase 'a'
Ettore Sottsass, Galleria il Sestante
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Nicely shaped ceramic vase designed by famous Italian Ettore Sottsass. He was an architect and designer of the late 20th century. His body of designs included furniture, jewelry, gla...
Venini Goburam Glass Vase in Midnight Blue and Red by Ettore Sottsass
Venini Goburam Glass Vase in Midnight Blue and ...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Art Glass
Venini geometric glass vase with angular body in midnight blue and red designed by Ettore Sottsass in 2001. Perfect for indoor home decor as container or strong statement piece for a...
"Palm Spring" Table or Desk by Ettore Sottsass
"Palm Spring" Table or Desk by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Laminate, Wood
A Sottsass tour-de-force multi-use table from the Memphis 1984 collection. Masterly usage of reddish briar on the table top, grayish-black briar on the legs and a curious implementat...
Murmansk Silver Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Murmansk Silver Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces
Silver Plate
Murmansk silver fruit-bowl. Ettore Sottsass (Italian). Memphis Milano (Design: 1982; early production). Manufactured by Rossi & Arcandi, Vicenza for Memphis Milano, Italy. Silver...
"Park Lane" Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass
"Park Lane" Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Plastic, Fiberglass, Marble
A magnificent example of the "high/low" material concept that consumed Ettore Sottsass and the other Memphis designers in the early years of the collective. In this case...
Ettore Sottsass Shiva Ceramic Vase
Ettore Sottsass Shiva Ceramic Vase
Ettore Sottsass, BD Barcelona Design
Vintage 1970s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Shiva ceramic vase designed by Ettore Sottsass, circa 1973, edited by BD in Barcelona. In good original condition with minor wear consistent with age and use preserving a beautifu...
Ettore Sottsass Shiva Limited Edition Black 32/100
Ettore Sottsass, BD Barcelona Design
Vintage 1970s Spanish Post-Modern Vases
Ceramic
Black Shiva ceramic vase designed by Ettore Sottsass circa 1973, edited by BD in Barcelona. This piece has been produced as a limited edition with a total of only 100 units. This...

Shiva Flower Vase

By Ettore Sottsass
Shiva Flower Vase
Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Vases
Ceramic
Pink glazed ceramic vase.
Venini Firenze Flush Light in Crystal & Sapphir...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Flush Mount
Art Glass
Firenze flush light in handmade blown glass with decorative elements in opaline and transparent glass and white painted metal finishes. Fun and colorful ceiling light option that add...
Sinus Table Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Stilnov...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Plastic
Table lamp model "Sinus" designed by Ettore Sottsass for Stilnovo in 1971 in molded plastic with four original European candelabra base sockets and plug, a push-button on/off switch,...

"Ettore Sottsass" Book

By Ettore Sottsass
"Ettore Sottsass" Book
Ettore Sottsass
2010s Italian Post-Modern Books
First edition, published by 24 ORE Cultura srl, 2011 By Patrizia Ranzo. Series directed by Andrea Branzi A vibrant book following the fruitful career of one of Italy’s most inf...
Ettore Sottsass West Side Lounge Chair
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Lounge Chairs
Metal
West Side lounge chair by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll 1983. Iconic west side designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1983. The lounge chair has it's original upholstery which is in very good...
Ettore Sottsass East Side Lounge Chair
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Lounge Chairs
Metal
East side lounge chair by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll 1983. Postmodern lounge chair with its original upholstery in great condition. The lounge chair features gray lacquered steel f...
Early Carlton Bookcase Roomdivider by Ettore So...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Bookcases
An iconic, early example of the Carlton bookcase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis, 1981.
Early Beverly Bookcase by Ettore Sottsass for M...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Bookcases
The Beverly bookcase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis, 1981. This early example with Memphis label number 33.
Miniature of the Iconic Carlton Bookcase Design...
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
1990s Italian Post-Modern Bookcases
Laminate
A perfect miniature reproduction of the iconic Carlton bookcase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano in 1981, this edition from 1995, on 500 Exemplars, this example Artist ...
Ettore Sottsass Piccoli Libri Cabinet, 1992
Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
1990s Italian Modern Cabinets
Plastic, Wood
Piccoli Libri cabinet designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1992 edited by Design Gallery Milano. P.A from a Limited edition of 9 + 3 P.A. Plastic laminate-covered, maple-veneered woo...
SOTTSASS Bitossi Cylinder Vase Ceramic
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases
Ceramic
SOTTSASS designed this vase in 1950 for Bitossi, Italy. The cylinder vase is hand-turned in white clay two-tone glossy black and matt oxidized copper glase. Marked on he bottom with ...
Ettore Sottsass, Italian Marble Pedestal, Stand...
Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Pedestals
Marble
Ettore Sottsass, Italian Marble Pedestal, Stand No. 6 The white and gray stripes are perhaps an homage to the Sienna Cathedral. A remarkable work. The alternating horizontal bands o...
Venini Oman Geometric Triangular in Multi-Color...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Art Glass
Venini glass vase with geometric, circular shaped body and triangular neck and base. Designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1994. Featured in red, grey and aquamarine colored glass. Perfect ...
Olivetti "Valentine" Typewriter by Ettore Sottsass
Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories
Steel, Plastic
Famous portable typewriter by Sottsass for Olivetti, Italy from the 1960s. Totally functional with some wear to the case one with Spanish keys. 3 pieces available.  
Venini Bhusanam Table Lamp in Aquamarine by Ett...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
Venini Bhusanam table lamp in Aquamarine by Ettore Sottsass. Numbered Edition for year Year of Manufacture: 1994 - 2017 Metal: Blue Painted Color: Aquamarine Measurements: Ø 1...
Venini Darpanah Table Lamp by Ettore Sottsass
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
Blown Glass
Venini Darpanah table lamp by Ettore Sottsass. Numbered Edition for year Year of Manufacture: 1994-2017 Metal White Painted Color: Milk-White/Sapphire/Pink Measurements: Ø 12....
Venini Kiritam Table Lamp by Ettore Sottsass
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
Venini Kiritam table lamp by Ettore Sottsass. Numbered Edition for year Marble Base Color: Milk-White/Aquamarine Measurements: Ø 15.35"" H 18.89"" 1 x max E27 10W LED + 3 x ma...
Shiva Vase by Ettore Sottsass in Pink Ceramic
Ettore Sottsass, BD Barcelona Design
Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Vases
Ceramic
Ettore Sottsass designed this vase for BD Barcelona in 1973. It is an eyecatcher and you will never forget it. You can use it as a vase, but it is also an artwork.

Tartar Sideboard

By Ettore Sottsass
Tartar Sideboard
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Sideboards
Wood, Hardwood
The Tartar sideboard by Ettore Sottsass for MEMPHIS (1985) is remarkable in several ways. Sottsass once concurred that this iconoclastic piece was an avid attempt to create a Sottsas...
"Park Lane" Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Plastic, Fiberglass, Marble
A magnificent example of the "high/low" material concept that consumed Ettore Sottsass and the other Memphis designers in the early years of the collective. In this case --- beaut...
Ivory Pedestal and Side Table
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Pedestals
Hardwood
The ivory pedestal is (in my mind) the accompaniment to Sottsass' TARTAR Cubist-like sideboard --- a visual attempt to show each elevation/plain as though it were 3-D rather than a f...

Bay Table Lamp

By Ettore Sottsass
Bay Table Lamp
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Crystal, Plexiglass
The Bay table lamp is a breathtaking masterpiece by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis (1983). Fabricated from tiers of colored perspex plastic & colored and whitened crystal glass, this wo...

Mimosa End Table

By Ettore Sottsass
Mimosa End Table
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Side Tables
Laminate
A multi-use, highly-functional end table by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis (1984). The top possesses a small inserted piece of tempered glass, otherwise leaving the piece to visually re...

King Floor Lamp

By Ettore Sottsass
King Floor Lamp
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
The King lamp a very rare floor lamp (torchère) design by Ettore Sottsass for MEMPHIS (1983). Less than 30 were ever produced. It is fabricated from lacquered metal w/ a glass diffus...

Ashoka Table Lamp

By Ettore Sottsass
Ashoka Table Lamp
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Metal
The Ashoka table lamp is an early Ettore Sottsass lighting masterwork for the introductory 1981 MEMPHIS collection as iconoclastic a light/sculpture as you'll find anywhere!! With v...
"Diva" Wall Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Laminate
No one but Ettore Sottsass could've designed such a sexy mirror -- his deep love of women, their psyches, their erotic natures, their beauty. Quasi-deco in manner, yet embellished...

Cream End Table

By Ettore Sottsass
Cream End Table
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Side Tables
Laminate
The Cream end table by Ettore Sottsass for MEMPHIS (1984) is a rare example of the designer's play/riff on minimalism of course he just can't help himself and adjoins it with softene...
Italian Vintage Footstool Leather and Aluminium...
Ettore Sottsass, Formanova
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Footstools
Metal
Vintage footstool with seat in original leather and aluminium structure, prototype, signed at the base, design by Ettore Sottsass manufactured by Formanova, Italy, circa 1973 Measur...
Vintage Italian Table Centrepiece in Metal and ...
Ettore Sottsass, Numa
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces
Metal
Vintage table centerpiece made of a perforated metal base raised on six feet and a red glass bowl, signed No. 34/99 by Ettore Sottsass manufactured by Numa, Italy, circa 1980 Measu...
Enorme Telephone Ettore Sottsass Postmodern
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern More Desk Accessories
Plastic
Enorme telephone. Mint condition with box and manual.
"Marito et mogli" Ettore Sottsass for Venini
Ettore Sottsass, Murano, Venini & Co.
Early 2000s Italian Modern Glass
Murano Glass, Marble
This is a limited edition (of 99 total) Ettore Sottsass glass 2-piece sculpture for Venini, produced in 2001. The sculpture is in mint condition. Blown handmade glass. Midnight/cor...
Ettore Sottsass Postmodern Iron and Black Leath...
Cassina, Ettore Sottsass
1990s Italian Post-Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Steel, Leather, Fabric
Danube sofa model 850, three-seat, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Cassina. Iron structure covered with red cloth. Original black leather seat. Very good condition. The "Danube" sof...
First Edition 'Ultrafragola' Mirror by Ettore S...
Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length M...
Mirror, Plastic
Stunning 'Ultrafragola' mirror by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy 1970. This is a first edition from the seventies. The molded plastic shows a great warm coloration, this is wh...
Ettore Sottsass Rose Marble Pedestal Dining Table
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Tables
Marble
Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, pedestal table, in red marble and metal, Italy, 1965. Round pedestal table by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. A orange-pink round base with blac...
20th Century, Ettore Sottsass, Vase Yantra Seri...
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Ettore Sottsass, vase from the Yantra Series, model Y25. Bitossi for Design Centre Poltronova, Italy, 1969. Glazed ceramic. Signed to underside: Sottsass y/25 Provenance: Private ...
Ettore Sottsass, Vase Yantra Series, Model Y25,...
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
20th century, Ettore Sottsass, vase from the Yantra series, model Y27. Bitossi for Design Centre Poltronova, Italy, 1969 Glazed ceramic. Signed to underside: Sottsass Y/27 Proven...
20th Century, Ettore Sottsass, Vase Yantra Seri...
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Ettore Sottsass, vase from the Yantra Series, model Y17. Bitossi for Design Centre Poltronova, Italy, 1969. Glazed ceramic. Signed to underside: Sottsass y/17 provenance: privat...
20th Century, Ettore Sottsass, Vase Yantra Seri...
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Ettore Sottsass, vase from the Yantra series, model Y33A. Bitossi for Design Centre Poltronova, Italy, 1969. Glazed ceramic. Signed to underside: Sottsass y/33A Provenance: Privat...
Ultra Fragola Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors
Plastic
Injection-molded plastic, neon and mirror. Bordering on kitsch, the Ultrafragola Mirror evokes a sense of whimsy with a bright pop of orange and yellow. Quirky and functional, this m...
Venini Puzzle Vase in Coral & Aquamarine Glass ...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass
Blown Glass
Venini Puzzle glass in coral/aquamarine by Ettore Sottsass. Numbered edition for year. Hand-blown glass. Color: Coral/Aquamarine Technique: Opal Dimensions: Ø 27 cm, H 40 cm Ye...
Venini Puzzle Vase in Coral & Gray Glass by Ett...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass
Blown Glass
Venini Puzzle glass in coral/Gray by Ettore Sottsass. Numbered edition for year. Hand-blown glass. Color: Coral/Gray Technique: Opal Dimensions: Ø 27 cm, H 40 cm Year of Manuf...
Venini Oman Vase in Gray, Red & Aquamarine by E...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Blown Glass
Venini Oman glass vase in Gray/red/aquamarine by Ettore Sottsass. Handblown glass. Numbered edition for year Color: Gray/Red/Aquamarine Dimensions: Ø 33.5 cm, H 40 cm Year of ...
Venini Marito E Moglie Vase in Glass and Marble...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Blown Glass
Venini Marito E Moglie vase in tea/black/milk-white with marble base by Ettore Sottsass. Limited edition 99 art pieces. Composition of portoro-marble base and blown glasses finished ...
Swid Powell Candlestick and Vase
Ettore Sottsass, Richard Meier, Swid Powell
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Candlesticks
Brass, Silver Plate
A silver plate and brass candlestick designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1985, and a silver plate vase with a blue glass liner designed by Richard Meier in 1983. Both made by Swid Powell,...
Ettore Sottsass Postmodern Iron and Black Leath...
Cassina, Ettore Sottsass
1990s Italian Post-Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Steel, Leather, Fabric
Danube sofa Model 850, two-seat, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Cassina. Iron structure covered with red cloth. Original black leather seat. Very good condition. The "Danube" sofa ...
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