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.

Tartar Sideboard

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...
Ashoka Table Lamp

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...
Mimosa End Table

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

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...
Bay Table Lamp

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...
Ivory Pedestal and Side Table
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...
Cream End Table

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...
"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 --- beaut...
"Diva" Wall Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
"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...
Ettore Sottsass Signed Candlesticks
Ettore Sottsass Signed Candlesticks
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks
Stainless Steel
Postmodern pair of polished steel Candlesticks by E. Sottsass. Signed Sottsass / Metalia - serafino zani Italy, 1980s. Measures: W 10, D 10, H 20 cm.
Ettore Sottsass Postmodern Iron and Black Leather Danube Sofa for Cassina, 1992
Ettore Sottsass Postmodern Iron and Black Leath...
Cassina, Ettore Sottsass
1990s Italian Post-Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Steel, Leather, Fabric
Danube sofa model 850, four seats, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Cassina. Iron structure covered with red cloth. Original black leather seat. Very good condition. The "Danube" sof...
Ettore Sottsass, Italian Marble Pedestal, Stand No. 6
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...
Carlton Miniature / 1:4 Scale by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
1990s Italian Post-Modern Collectibles and Curiosities
Laminate, Wood
Designed by Ettore Sottsass himself after his iconic full-scale object, the Carlton cabinet. Perfect reproduction of the Carlton bookcase. The vivid colors and seemingly random in...
"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...

Mimosa End Table

By Ettore Sottsass
Mimosa End Table
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Side Tables
Glass, Laminate
Mimosa end table by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis srl (1984) A small end table in plastic laminates (different colors) with glass inset top / a perfect example of Sottsass's Masterl...
Ice Bucket "Mela" by Ettore Sottsass for Rinnov...
Ettore Sottsass, Rinnovel
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Wine Coolers
Aluminum
"Mela" apple ice blu bucket designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1953 for Rinnovel. Sottsass wasn't originally Italian, he was born on 1917 in Innsbruck, (Austria), but grew up in Milan, ...

Shiva Flower Vase

By Ettore Sottsass
Shiva Flower Vase
Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Vases
Ceramic
Pink glazed ceramic vase.
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...
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 ...
Pedestal Table in Carrara Marble Table by Ettor...
Ettore Sottsass
1990s Italian Post-Modern Gueridon
Carrara Marble
Pedestal table in Carrara marble table by Ettore Sottsass.
Carlton Bookcase Roomdivider by Ettore Sottsass...
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Bookcases
Wood
Carlton room divider, designed in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass, in wood and plastic laminate. The vivid colors and seemingly random interplay of solids and voids suggest avant-garde paint...
Ganga Ceramic and Glass Vase by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Early 2000s Vases
Metal
Ganga is part of Sottsass’s 2003 collection for Italian editors Short Stories. Inspired by ancient Aztec ceramics and exemplary of Sottsass’s signature style, this sculptural object ...
Ettore Sottsass Bitossi Ceramic Vase Pink Matte...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Ettore Sottsass Bitossi ceramic vase pink and matte black signed, Italy, 1950s. An early example of Ettore Sottsass' work for Bitossi. The volcanic glaze is composed of there colors...
Malabar Sideboard Designed by Ettore Sottsass f...
Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century Italian Sideboards
Metal
The piece consists of six shelves with a one-door cupboard decorated in plastic laminate with a geometric pattern. Its form is made up of both straight and curved lines punctuated by...
Ettore Sottsass Umbrella Holder for Poltronova,...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands
Wood
Ettore Sottsass umbrella holder for Poltronova, circa 1960, Italy. Light grey painted wood. Dimensions: 56 cm H, 25 cm W, 25 cm D. Good original vintage condition, wear consistent wi...
Ettore Sottsass Moonlight Floor Lamp, Italy, 1970
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
Rare Moonlight floor lamp, designed by Ettore Sottsass in Italy, circa 1970. This basic shaped floor lamp shines a very interesting and atmospheric light. Due to the vertical thin...
Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Murano Centerpiece ...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Glass
SOL centerpiece bowl designed by Ettore Sottsass. Signed as pictured.
Murano Glass Table Lamp Dorane by Ettore Sottsa...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Steel, Murano Glass
This post-Modernist Italian model Dorane table lamp for Stilnovo features Ettore Sottsass’s clean lines and smooth finish. With an inherently sculptural aesthetic, this elegant lam...
"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
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...
Ettore Sottsass for Arredoluce Metal and Brass ...
Arredoluce, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Ettore Sottsass for Arredoluce, metal and brass, Italy, 1957. This early and stamped floor lamp is designed by Ettore Sottsass in black lacquered metal, brass and green lacquered ...
Set of Six Mandarin Dining Chairs by Ettore Sot...
Knoll, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Upholstery, Wood
Set of six dining chairs designed by Ettore Sottsass, the founder of the Memphis Group, Milan, Italy. These chairs are in very good completely original condition. Super sturdy constr...
Artemide Pausania LED Table Lamp in Green by Et...
Artemide, Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
An LED re-edition of the 1983 classic “Bankers Lamp” by Memphis-design maestro Ettore Sottsass features variable white light, a black resin body, green synthetic diffuser and aluminum.
Pair of Bar Stools Designed by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
1990s American Modern Chairs
Aluminum
Pair of Emeco bar stools designed by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), brushed aluminum with orange plastic seats.
Pair of Candlesticks by Ettore Sottsass for Swi...
Ettore Sottsass, Swid Powell
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Candlesticks
Brass
Signed pair of silver plated candlesticks by Ettore Sottsass for Swid Powell. Made in Italy. Price is for the pair.
Shiva Vase by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
20th Century Spanish Vases
Clay
A vase "Shiva" for Ediciones de diseno, Barcelona, 1973. Glazed clay, molded casting. Marked "b.D barcelona design".  
Gaetano Pesce Unique Handmade Silver Bracelet J...
Ettore Sottsass, Fish Design
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Collectible Jewelry
Resin
A unique handmade silver bracelet designed by Gaetano Pesce Produced by Fish Design 1996 A stunning jewel! Shiny silver urethane resine Signed with stamp.
Ettore Sottsass "Enorme" Telephone
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories
Plastic
Designed by Ettore Sottsass, this original "Enorme" telephone has become more a sculpture than user object, he designed it in 1986 as an element of joy to what was only an utilitaria...
"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 Limited Edition Black 76/100
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. Thi...
Pair of "Alba" Table Lamps by Ettore Sotsass fo...
Ettore Sottsass, Enel
Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Glass
Pair of Alba table lamps by Ettore Sotsass for energy company Enel. Designed in Italy, 2001. Black glass base with blue glass diffusers. Original cords with on/off switch. Each light...
Large Green and Red Centrepiece by Ettore Sottsass
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
2010s Italian Centerpieces
Ceramic
This elegant centrepiece in white clay features a base in dark grey supporting a conic body made of concentric steps that are finished in red on the outside and in vivid matte green ...
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic Table Lamp Signed Italy...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Ceramic
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic Table Lamp Signed Italy 1960s. An early ceramic pottery lamp with 3 tones of color and two distinct textures by the noted Italian architect/designer. Rewired ...
1950s Brown and White Ettore Sottsass Vase 'g'
Ettore Sottsass, Galleria il Sestante, Lucie Rie
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Vase by Ettore Sottsass in brown and white, Italy, 1959. Nicely shaped ceramic vase designed by famous Italian Ettore Sottsass. He was an architect and designer of the late 20th c...
Limited Edition Tarzan Bowl by Ettore Sottsass ...
Ettore Sottsass, Cor Unum Ceramics
Vintage 1980s Dutch Post-Modern Decorative Bowls
Palisander
Limited edition Tarzan bowl designed by Ettore Sottsass for COR Unum Ceramics in the Netherlands. Very beautiful large ceramic bowl, made in a limited edition of 100 pieces. Signed a...
"Tahiti" Table Lamp by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Metal
The ultimate Sottsass table light!! Anthropomorphic (looks like a parrot)!! Swivels up and down. His Sottsass-designed "Bacteriae" laminate on the base! An appendage at the back in a...
Table Lamp "VALIGIA" Designed in 1977 by Ettore...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
"Valigia" table lamp by Ettore Sottsass in red and black enamel manufactured by Stilnovo. Still has European wiring with original labels underneath. Wiring can be switched to Americ...
Fruit Tray Green by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Ceramica Gatti
Early 2000s Italian Centerpieces
Ceramic
This unique ceramic fruit tray has a glazed base in a glossy white. The tray is glazed in a vibrant green with a matte finish, and glossy white rim. The interior is glazed in a lustr...
Large Ettore Sottsass 'Lampros 3' Chandelier fo...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
Large Ettore Sottsass Lampros 3 chandelier for Stilnovo, circa 1970. Executed in black painted aluminium and chromed metal with manufacturer's mark engraved on metal. A sophisticated...
Postmodern Italian Ettore Sottsass Table or Des...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Steel, Wood, Lacquer
A fun and playful Postmodern design by Ettore Sottsass for Stilnovo lamp company. Fully working in well cared for condition. Manufactures label.
Ettore Sottsass Umbrella Stand by Rinnovel
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands
Aluminum
A highly collectible umbrella stand by the Italian designer and founder of the Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass. In great condition and with its original drip tray, this c.1955 umbrell...
Set of Three Sottsass Memphis Postmodern Candle...
Ettore Sottsass
20th Century Italian Post-Modern Candle Holders
Silver Plate, Steel
Set of three Memphis-inspired Postmodern design silver plated candlesticks designed by Ettore Sottsass for Swid Powell. Each fully marked and impressed with Sottsass signature, Swid ...
"Hsing" Vase Designed by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Vases
Ceramic
"Hsing" vase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Alessio Sarri, Sesto Fiorentino. White glazed ceramic.
"Hsing" Vase Designed by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Modern Vases
Ceramic
"Hsing" vase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Alessio Sarri, Sesto Fiorentino. Red glazed ceramic. Marked: E. Sottsass, A. SARRI.
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,...
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...
ETTORE SOTTSASS PAUSANIA lamp Memphis period
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Metal
ETTORE SOTTSASS PAUSANIA. Artemide Pausania lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass. Vintage.
Set of Four Armchairs by Ettore Sottsass for Kn...
Knoll, Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Armchairs
Metal
Nice set of four Mandarin chairs designed by Sottsass for Knoll, in red fabric on foam black enameled tubular legs and silver pipping arms, simple and elegant by this master architect.
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