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, Murano Vase Medusa by Venini, Italy, 1997
Ettore Sottsass, Murano Vase Medusa by Venini, ...
Venini, Ettore Sottsass
1990s Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
A beautiful Murano vase designed by Ettore Sottsass and produced by Venini in 1997. Limited edition 99 piece. Signed and numbered 71/99. Original label. Model out production. Exposed...
Ettore Sottsass Halo Click Table Lamp Philips, 1988
Ettore Sottsass Halo Click Table Lamp Philips, ...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Rare ‘Halo Click 2’ table lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass for Philips, Holland 1988. This rare off-white table lamp was designed by Ettore Sottsass for the Dutch market and therefor...
Ettore Sottsass Valigia Table Lamp by Stilnovo, Italy, 1977
Ettore Sottsass Valigia Table Lamp by Stilnovo,...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Four-legged table lamp model Valigia designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr, manufactured by Stilnovo, Italy, 1977. This funny shaped floor lamp is very typical out of the box thinking by Et...
Ettore Sottsass, Pair of Primavera Tables, Ultime Edizioni, Italy
Ettore Sottsass, Pair of Primavera Tables, Ulti...
Ettore Sottsass, Ultima Edizione
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal
Pair of Primavera coffee tables model in white marble and painted metal, designed by Ettore Sottsass and produced by Ultime Edizioni, about 80 years.
Conical Glass Silver Lining Vase by Sottsass Associati
Conical Glass Silver Lining Vase by Sottsass As...
Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases
Glass, Silver
Beautiful contemporary vase designed by Defne Koz for Sottsass Associati (marked) featuring an oblique twist and thinly plated silver linings. The condition is excellent.
Pair of Ettore Sottsass Silver Candlesticks for Swid Powell and Reed and Barton
Pair of Ettore Sottsass Silver Candlesticks for...
Ettore Sottsass, Swid Powell, Reed and Barton
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Candlesticks
Silver
Striking pair of silver plated candlesticks designed by Ettore Sottsass and made by Swid Powell in collaboration with Reed and Barton, 1980s.  
Rare White Ettore Sottsass Moonlight Floor Lamp, Italy, circa 1970
Rare White Ettore Sottsass Moonlight Floor Lamp...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
Rare white Ettore Sottsass moonlight floor lamp, Italy, circa 1970.
Opaline Lamp by Ettore Sottsass, Late 20th Century
Opaline Lamp by Ettore Sottsass, Late 20th Century
Ettore Sottsass, Vistosi
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps
Opaline Glass
Table or floor lamp from the Morosina series in opaline glass with green edging by eclectic architect and Industrial designer Ettore Sottsass who became one of the most celebrated fi...
Ettore Sottsass, Console with Mirror, Italy, circa 1970
Ettore Sottsass, Console with Mirror, Italy, ci...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors
Glass, Plastic, Wood
Ettore Sottsass, console with mirror, Base in laminated wood and plastic, circa 1970, Italy. Measures: Height: 194 cm mirror diameter: 114 cm, foot width: 59 cm, depth of the foo...
Italian Modern Glass Vase by Nanae Umeda for Eg...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Vases
Art Glass
Vase by Nanae Umeda for Egizia by Sottsass Associati. Yellow glass with hand-painted white flowers, 1980.
Mid Century Modern Italian Dining Table by Etto...
Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta
1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wood
For your consideration, Mid Century Modern Italian Dining Table by Ettore Sottsass for Zanota 1994.
Coat Rack with Umbrella Stand by Ettore Sottsas...
Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands
Freestanding coat rack has an umbrella stand resting on the base. Synthesis coat rack was designed in 1973 by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti.  
Set of Six Mandarin Chairs Designed by Ettore S...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Steel
Set of six Mandarin chairs with original black leather upholstery and blue enamel arms, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll International in 1986.
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic Lava Glaze Lamp for Raymor
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Beautiful lamp with a nice lava glaze lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Raymor. No cracks or scratches. Comes with a milk glass shade. Wonderful colors.
Ettore Sottsass 1953 Ice Bucket Mela
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Wine Coolers
Aluminum
"Mela" apple ice bucket designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1953 for Rinnovel. Measurements: H.17 x D.14 cm. Sottsass was born on 14 September 1917 in Innsbruck, Austria, and grew u...
Colorful Ashoka Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Mem...
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Colorful Ashoka lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano in 1981.  
Pair,of Ettore Sottsass Lava Glaze Ceramic Tab...
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Great simple and elegant ceramic table lamp in lava glaze designed by Ettore Sottsass. Documented in Fulvio Ferrari, Tutta La Ceramica. Umberto Allemand Torino in 1996, page 41. The ...
Set of Six Mandarin Chairs Designed 1986 Ettore...
Ettore Sottsass, Knoll International
20th Century Italian Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of six Mandarin chairs with original black fabric and grey metallic arms each with original labels underneath read Ettore Sottsass for Knoll International, 1990.
Ettore Sottsass for Memphis "Tahiti" Lamp
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
20th Century Italian Table Lamps
Metal
An iconic "Tahiti" lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis. Capturing the spirit of the Memphis movement, the lamp is composed of metal, wood and laminate in the abstract form ...
Large Collection of 20th Century Typewriters Ol...
Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets
A stunning large collection of 15 different brand typewriters and two early calculators from Olivetti. The collection include some fine Swiss, German, Italian and British examples fr...
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 pcs available
Ettore Sottsass Umbrella Stand for Rinovel, 1955
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands
Aluminum, Plastic
Rare Ettore Sottsass umbrella stand for Rinovel, Italy, 1955. Quick shipping in the continental U.S. via FedEx, $175.
Teodora Chair by Ettore Sottsass, 1984, Vitra E...
Ettore Sottsass, Vitra
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Armchairs
Acrylic, Laminate
Ettore Sottsass designed the Teodora chair for Vitra Editions shortly after leaving the Memphis Group in 1985. Signed with decal manufacturer's label to underside: [Vitra 09.91]. ...
Pair of Floor Lamps By Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1940s Italian Floor Lamps
Brass
Two pairs available. Designed by Ettore Sottsass for an hotel in Milano.
Ceiling Lamp "1906 Manifesto" by Ettore Sottsas...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1970s Italian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants
Chrome
Ceiling lamp "1906 Manifesto" by Ettore Sottsass, Stilnovo, Italy, 1970.
"Juliette " Vase, 1994 by Ettore Sottsass for S...
Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century French Vases
Porcelain
Juliette vase, 1994 by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) for Sèvres manufacture. White porcelain biscuit and red enameled porcelain. Signed, stamped by Sèvres, numbered 04. Rare piece f...
Vase by Ettore Sottsass, Societá Ceramica Tosc...
Ettore Sottsass, Societa Ceramica Italiana
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Vases
Ceramic
Vase model "629" by Ettore Sottsass, Societá Ceramica Toscana, Italy Yantral series silver glaze
Ettore Sottsass Yellow Vase from the Yantra Series
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Ceramic
Ettore Sottsass Vase from the Yantra series, model Y33a, Edizioni Arte Design Italy, 1968, 1980, glazed ceramic. Signed "Sottsass" on underside in addition to the paper label.
Floor Lamp "Svincolo" by Ettore Sottsass, Studi...
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group, Studio Alchimia
Vintage 1970s Italian Memphis Group Floor Lamps
Chrome
Floor Lamp "Svincolo" by Ettore Sottsass, Studio Alchimia Milano 1979 laminated wood, chromed metal, neon-light
Mirror Designed and Signed by Ettore Sottsass, ...
Ettore Sottsass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror
Dioniso four mirror of early production designed by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia in 2007 comprises orange, white, and black colored glass in geometric shapes that surround the cen...
Pair of Silver Plate & Brass Candlesticks by Et...
Ettore Sottsass, Swid Powell, Memphis Group
Late 20th Century Italian Memphis Group Candle Holders
Silver Plate, Brass
A thoroughly modern pair of candlesticks, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Swid Powell, in the signature asymmetrical Memphis style. Stamped on the underside of the bobeche with both ...
Vase model 594 by Ettore Sottsass, Il Sestante ...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Vases
Ceramic
Vase model 594 by Ettore Sottsass, Il Sestante Sottsass Italy, 1962 red glazed
Vase model 485 by Ettore Sottsas, Il Sestante S...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Vases
Ceramic
Vase model 485 by Ettore Sottsas, Il Sestante Sottsass Italy, ca. 1961 black gazed
Vase model 585 by Ettore Sottsass, Il Sestante ...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Vases
Ceramic
Vase model 585 by Ettore Sottsass, Il Sestante Sottsass Italy, ca. 1961 silver glazed
A Set of Ceramics by Ettore Sottsass for Bitossi
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
The two vases and the plate offered belong to a limited edition of ‘lava glaze’ ceramic objects commissioned by the prominent Dutch department store ‘De Bijenkorf’ and were manufactu...
Ettore Sottsass ash wood table “Vienna”, Italy ...
Ettore Sottsass
Late 20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ash
An Ash "Vienna" Table by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007). Made by Polronova, Italy, circa 1989. Signed Sottsass H 72cms x 184cms Long x 83.5cms deep
Ettore Sottsass "Pausania" table /desk lamp, fo...
Artemide, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Late 20th Century Italian Memphis Group Table Lamps
Stainless Steel
Great design in this lamp, recorded in many books and catalog information.Label
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