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Ettore Sottsass Asian Art and Furniture

Italian, 1917-2007
Italian, 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. Even as it preceded the Memphis Group's formal launch, Sottsass's iconic Ultrafragola mirror — in its conspicuously curved plastic shell and radical pops of pink neon — embodies many of the collective's postmodern ideals.

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 1stDibs 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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Creator: Ettore Sottsass
Alzata Nero Blue by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in New York, NY
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Vaso Oss by Ettore Sottsass
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Alzata Bianco Nero by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
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Centerpiece Nero by Ettore Sottsass
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Vaso Celeste by Ettore Sottsass
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Vaso Calice Bianco Nero by Ettore Sottsass
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Alzata Turchese by Ettore Sottsass
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Vaso Rocchetto Bianco by Ettore Sottsass
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Centerpiece Grande by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
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Alzata Bianco Nero by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in New York, NY
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Alzata Verde Rosso by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in New York, NY
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Posacenere Rosso by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
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Vaso Verde Bianco by Ettore Sottsass
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Vaso Nero Ossidante by Ettore Sottsass
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Ettore Sottsass asian art and furniture for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs is available for Ettore Sottsass Asian art and furniture sale. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Ettore Sottsass Asian art and furniture, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. 0 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 14 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original asian art and furniture by Ettore Sottsass were created in Italy during the 21st century and contemporary style. Many customers also consider Asian art and furniture by VG-VGnewtrend, Les Ottomans and Sabrina Landini if you’re looking for additional options. Ettore Sottsass Asian art and furniture prices can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $375 and tops at $925, while pieces like these can sell for $513 on average.

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