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.

Ettore Sottsass, Bookcase, Out Production, Oak Design Edition, Italy
Ettore Sottsass, Bookcase, Out Production, Oak ...
Ettore Sottsass, Oak Design Edizioni
Early 2000s Italian Modern Bookcases
Laminate
Cabinet consisting of a laminate base with one pear-shaped legs and two black lacquered drawers, upper part with pear-shaped open elements with shelves and yellow lacquered objects a...
Ettore Sottsass, Bookcase, Out Production, Oak Design Edition, Italy
Ettore Sottsass, Bookcase, Out Production, Oak ...
Ettore Sottsass, Oak Design Edizioni
Early 2000s Italian Modern Bookcases
Glass, Laminate, Plexiglass
Cabinet consisting of a laminate base with legs one in pear, upper part with two doors in lacquered yellow with frosted glass and four drawers in white lacquered, table in transparen...
Ettore Sottsass, Cabinet, Out Production, Oak Design Edizioni, Italy
Ettore Sottsass, Cabinet, Out Production, Oak D...
Ettore Sottsass, Oak Design Edizioni
Early 2000s Italian Modern Cabinets
Laminate, Plexiglass, Ash, Walnut
A spectacular cabinet, rectangular base in walnut veener, a large black closet, an almond green ash veener suspended box, a large black laminate side filling cabinet topped with a pi...
Ettore Sottsass, Cabinet, Out Production, Oak Design Edition, Italy
Ettore Sottsass, Cabinet, Out Production, Oak D...
Ettore Sottsass, Oak Design Edizioni
Early 2000s Italian Modern Cabinets
Laminate
Spectacular cabinet, has a large white melamine deck from which rise three erect parallelepiped bodies each covered with a metallized grooved coating, purple iridescent for one, mirr...
Ettore Sottsass "Factotum" Bookcase, Alchimia, Italy
Ettore Sottsass "Factotum" Bookcase, Alchimia, ...
Ettore Sottsass, Gruppo Alchimia
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Bookcases
Laminate, Wood
"Factotum" bookcase designed by Ettore Sottsass in circa 1980 and produced by Alchimia. Exhibited at the Alchimismo show to Frigoriferi Milanesi to Milan in 2012. Original label.
Ettore Sottsass, Umbrella Holder, Rinnovel, 1955
Ettore Sottsass, Umbrella Holder, Rinnovel, 1955
Ettore Sottsass, Rinnovel
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands
Metal
An umbrella holder manufactured by Rinnovel, 1955. Anodyzed aluminum. Marked "Industria metallurgica Rinnovel" in a triangle. Measures: Height 18.9 in., diameter 11 in. Signed to th...
Ettore Sottsass, Naomi Bookcases, Wood Lacquered, circa 1984, Italy
Ettore Sottsass, Naomi Bookcases, Wood Lacquere...
Ettore Sottsass, Meccani Design
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases
Wood
Ettore Sottsass, Naomi bookcase, wood lacquered, limited edition, Meccani manufacturer, circa 1984, Italy. Measures: Height 2m25, width 2m15, depth 65 cm.
Ettore Sottsass ID-S Edition Floor Lamp
Ettore Sottsass ID-S Edition Floor Lamp
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Floor Lamps
Steel, Glass
In 1987, while working for Zumtobel, the Milan-based design studio Sottsass Associati developed a Luminaire which caused quite a stir both because of its design and its lighting tech...
Ettore Sottsass Set of Three Blue Planters for Poltronova, 1961
Ettore Sottsass Set of Three Blue Planters for ...
Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres
Wood
Ettore Sottsass set of three blue planters for Poltronova, 1961.
Original Sottsass Associati Halogen Table Light...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Very rare original Sottsass Associati halogen table light Halo Click 2 by Philips 1988, Holland. Completely made of rubberised metal black. Lampshade can be adjusted continuously i...
Coffee Table by Sottsass for Zanotta 1990 in Po...
Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta, Sottsass Associati
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Coffee table by Sottsass for Zanotta 1990 in polychrome laminated wood, ceramic.
Gaya Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Upgroup
2010s Italian Centerpieces
Marble, Carrara Marble, Brass
Magnificent example of minimalist functional design by Ettore Sottsass for UpGroup, this bowl is composed of a circular base surmounted by a larger yet slimmer circle connected by tw...
Diu Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Upgroup
2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Other, Carrara Marble
Magnificent example of Minimalist functional design by Ettore Sottsass for Upgroup, this bowl is composed of a circular base surmounted by a larger yet slimmer circle connected by tw...
Ettore Sottsass, 'German Silver', Large, Monume...
Ettore Sottsass
20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases
Silver
Vase 'German Silver' 1988, Ettore Sottsass. Circular wooden base, from which rises a truncated body in silver-plated brass, decorated with hand-made carvings, forming patterns of g...
Ettore Sottsass Small Table Lamp by Rinnovel, 1950
Ettore Sottsass, Rinnovel
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum
Small rose beauti made in shiny pure aluminium anodized.
Ettore Sottsass Geometrical Ceramic Vase
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Vase by Ettore Sottsass, part of the "geometrical" cast. Triple square form made in glazed dark green ceramics.
Alcor Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Alcor by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano in 1983. Vintage model. The mark on bottom tells "Memphis Milano by Compagnia Vetraria Muranese."
First Example Ever Produced of "Kampa" Bookcase...
Ettore Sottsass
Early 2000s Italian Bookcases
Kampa is a three-piece bookcase with built in table designed by Ettore Sottsass as part of the "Mobili Lunghi" exhibition, produced by Post Design and presented at the Post Design Ga...
Platone Ceiling Light Designed by Ettore Sottsa...
Artemide, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Chandeliers and Pendants
Minimalistic "Platone" ceiling fixture designed by Ettore Sottsass in white enameled metal with a square shade holding four light sockets, a square rod stem leading to the round moun...
Coat Rack with Umbrella Stand by Ettore Sottsas...
Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands
Aluminum, Steel, Plastic
Coat rack / black umbrella stand designed by Ettore Sottsass Olivetti Synthesis 45 series, 1972.
Ettore Sottsass Rose Marble Pedestal Dining Table
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Tables
Marble
Table, in marble and metal, by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy, 1965. Round pedestal table by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. A orange-pink round base with black metal cy...
Stilnovo Ettore Sottsass Jr. Chandelier, Italy,...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum
Nice and rare large chandelier designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr and made by Stilnovo, Italy, 1970. This is for a very nice disc shaped chandelier with a black shade and three polished ...
"Altair" Vase by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Canedese
Vintage 1980s Italian Vases
Glass
Ettore Sottsass, vase "Altair", 1982 for Memphis Milano vase. Signed: E. Sottsass per Memphis Milano. Multicolored blown glass. Produced by: Gino Cenedese & Figlio, Venedig. Excel...
Ettore Sottass "Pattica Lamp" for Memphis 'Post...
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Ettore Sottsass Post design (Memphis), Milan, Italy. ‘Pattica’ lamp, 2000. Yellow dyed maple base with five florescent lamps. Original box. Fully function, supplied complete with ...
Ettore Sottsass Black Wood and Plexiglass Itali...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Floor Lamps
Plexiglass, Wood
Majestic floor lamp "Cometa", by Ettore Sottsass for the Design Center (Francesconi), Italy, 1971. The base is in wood lacquered black and the diffuser is in plexiglass, with great w...
Old Rose Aluminum Umbrella Stand by Ettore Sott...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands
Aluminum
This umbrella stand was manufactured by Rinnovel in 1955, and it is marked on the bottom. It is made in anodized aluminum and is in fair original condition: it remains fully functio...
Ettore Sottsass Enorme Postmodern Telephone 198...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories
Plastic
Ettore Sottsass Enorme telephone from 1986. Includes the original instructions and box. The phone has been used. It functions properly. The design is included in the collections of M...
Chair by Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanini
Ettore Sottsass, Franz Leitner, Marco Zannini
Late 20th Century Post-Modern Chairs
Wood
Charmingly chunky post-modern form with original gray lacquer seat, metallic green lacquer back frame and burl veneer back surface. From the Donau Collection, manufactured by Fran...
Wonderful Mirror "Gli Specchi Di Dionisio" by E...
Ettore Sottsass
Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Wonderful mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass for glass.     
Ettore Sottsass Jr Stilnovo Chandelier Lamp, It...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum
Nice and rare chandelier designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr and made by Stilnovo, Italy, 1970. This is for a very nice disc shaped chandelier with a black shade and polished aluminium di...
Table Lamp by Ettore Sottsass, 2000
Ettore Sottsass
Early 2000s Italian Modern Table Lamps
The Jagati lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass, Italy, 2000. Lacquered wooden box with a neon light.
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...
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 ...
2007 Ettore Sottsass Geometric Mirror in Green ...
Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Wall Mirrors
Wood, Art Glass, Mirror
A modern polychromatic mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass, part of the series Gli Specchi di Dioniso produced by the Italian Company Glas Italia in Brianza, circa 2007. This Memphis ...
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic Vessel, Il Sestante, It...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Ceramics
Ettore Sottsass ceramic vessel designed in the 1960s for Il Sestante, Milan. In 1982 a number of the earlier models were re-issued by Il Sestante in colours specified by Sottsass and...
Ettore Sottsas 'Callimaco' Floor Lamp by Artemide
Artemide, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Minimalist Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
Ettore Sottsass for Artemide, 'Callimaco' floor lamp, Italy, design 1982, production later. The Callimaco floor lamp, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Artemide, was originally relea...
Beautiful Ettore Sottsass Dish
Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti, Galleria il Sestante
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Copper
Beautiful and charming Ettore Sottsass dish in enameled copper from 1958. Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century. His body of designs included...
Large Illuminated Floor Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
2010s Italian Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Acrylic
Ultrafragola mirror, designed by Ettore Sottsass, Italy, 1970. Recent production mirror made of moulded fibreglass with wooden back and shaped mirror. The frame is white, turning ...
Set of Four Chairs Mandarin by Ettore Sottsass ...
Ettore Sottsass, Knoll International
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chairs
Metal
Set of four chairs Mandarin designed by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll International in 1986 Black leather on the polyurethane foam and arm in rattan, 4 feet in black lacquered metal tube.
Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass, 1983
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Memphis Group Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Coffee table 'Park Lane,' designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1983, Italy. Fiberglass construction in black and green with a black marble top. Wonderful vintage table by the Memphis...
Set of Three Sottsass Marutomi Japan Utensils V...
Ettore Sottsass, Marutomi
1990s Japanese Post-Modern Vases
Plastic
Sottsass Marutomi Japan. Sottsass designed this set for the Japanese company Marutomi. The objects are of painted plastic. They look like ceramic. They are painted with the Japanese ...
Sottsass Laminated Wood Italian Zanotta Coffee ...
Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta, Sottsass Associati
1990s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ceramic, Laminate, Wood
Lipari coffee table was designed by Sottsass associates for Zanotta manufacturer in the 1992. This coffee table has a top overlaid in silk- screened Abet- Print laminated (one of the...
Iconic Coat Rack by E. Sottsass for Olivetti
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coat Racks and Stands
The post-modern designer Ettore Sottsass has designed this coat rack for Olivetti in 1971. Made of dark brown lacquered metal and plastic, equipped with lots of hooks and an umbrell...
Ashtray by Ettore Sottsass, Model Yantra 38 for...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Ashtrays
Ceramic
Artwork, ceramic astray made for Habitat by Ettore Sottsass.
Ettore Sottsass by Serafino Zani Tavola Rotonda...
Ettore Sottsass
Early 2000s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Pewter
"Tavola Rotonda Rovescia" Ettore Sottsass by Serafino Zani Numa 2000s. Cast pewter hand-finished with brush polishing Measures: Diameter 30.5 cm Height 8.5 cm.
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic for Il Sestante, Italy,...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ettore Sottsass, Italy, two-piece orange and white ceramic ashtray from his designs for Il Sestante circa 1962. Signed to underside with model number 604. Perfect condition. D...
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic for Il Sestante, Italy,...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ettore Sottsass for Il Sestante, Italy, red ceramic bowl, model number 444, signed to underside. Documented, Fulvio Ferrari, Ettore Sottsass; Tutta la Ceramica . pp384.
Ettore Sottsass "Halo Click 2" Table Lamp for P...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Very rare unusual colored ‘Halo Click 2’ table lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass for Philips, Holland 1988. This rare lime green table lamp was designed by Ettore Sottsass for the Dut...
"Sybilla" Vase from E. Sottsass for the Manufac...
Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century French Vases
Porcelain
Vase TOTEM, combination of white porcelain biscuit and two different colors enameled porcelain. Produced and stamped by the manufacture de Sèvres in 1994. Signed by E. Sottsass und...

Ettore Sottsass Tall Mirror

By Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass Tall Mirror
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length M...
Iron, Wood
This illuminated mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass is made in laminated wood, and lacquered iron. More than a mirror this unusual piece of furniture is a decorating element from mid...
Memphis Milano Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass,...
Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal
Memphis Milano coffee table by Ettore Sottsass for Alessi unique, one-of-a-kind Designed by Sottsass for Alessi glass top suspended by 4 lacquered metal columns positioned in a la...
Pair of 'Westside' Armchairs by Ettore Sottsass...
Ettore Sottsass, Knoll International
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Wool
Iconic Ettore Sottsass ‘Westside’ chairs, blue and green wool upholstery, fabric lining marked ‘KNOLL’, designed 1983. Provenance: Christie’s, Amsterdam, May 23, 2007.  
Tarzan Bowl, Designed by Ettore Sottsass for CO...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Dutch Post-Modern Decorative Bowls
Ceramic
Beautiful large ceramic Sottsass Tarzan bowl, made in a limited edition of 100 pieces, signed and numbered. With the original luxury box.  
Ananke Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Ananke by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano vetri collection in 1986.The mark on bottom tells "E. Sottsass per Memphis by Compagnia Vetraria Muranese."
Ettore Sottsass for COR Unum Jane Bowl
Ettore Sottsass
1990s Dutch Post-Modern Centerpieces
Ceramic
Jane bowl, designed by Ettore Sottsass for COR Unum. Made in a limited edition of 100 pieces, signed and numbered. We currently have both Tarzan and Jane in stock!  
Pasifilla Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Pasifilla vase from Memphis Milano Vetri collection in 1986. Designed by Ettore Sottsass. Mark on the bottom tells "E. Sottsass per Memphis by Compagnia Vetraria Muranese."
Rocchetto Ceramic Vase Designed by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases
Ceramic
Rocchetto vase designed by Ettore Sottsass and made by Bitossi. The Rocchetto was originally designed in 1959 and brought back in continuous re-editions, starting in 1982. This exam...
Glass Table Lamp Designed by Ettore Sottsass fo...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Floor Lamps
Glass
Floor lamp or table lamp, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Vistosi. Signed Vistosi. This design was never put in production, so very few are made, and they all differ in the amount o...
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