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Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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
Ettore Sottsass, Vide-Poche / Tray Mod. Y24 from the Yantra Series, Italy, 1969
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Centre, Poltronova
Located in Firenze, IT
Vide-poche / tray mod. Y24 from the Yantra series Ettore Sottsass (1917 - 2007), Italy 1969 1st edition (not EAD edition) Design Centre/Poltronova Black glazed ceramic ...
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1960s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Vase Art. "6000", Design Ettore Sottsass, Bitossi Production, Italy 1991
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Napoli, IT
Bibliography: "Ettore Sottsass, Tutta la ceramica" Umberto Allemandi & C. edizioni. Signed and numbered vase. Limited edition of 99 pieces.
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1990s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Shiva Flower Vase by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, BD Barcelona Design
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Shiva flower vase by Ettore Sottsass was designed in 1973 following the inspiration garnered from his love for Catalan women w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Crystal Vase by Ettore Sottsass for Arnolfo di Cambio, Italy, 1990s
By Ettore Sottsass, Arnolfo di Cambio
Located in Milan, IT
Large star-shaped crystal vase by Ettore Sottsass for Arnolfo di Cambio. Never used piece with original stickers
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1990s Italian Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Crystal

Nilo Vase, Designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1983 for the Collection Memphis Milano
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano, Memphis Group
Located in Beirut, LB
The Nilo vase was originally designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1983 for Memphis Milano 1981-1988. Produced by Memphis in 2013-2014. A classic by Sottsass, the Nilo porcelain vase is par...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Euphrates Vase, Designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1983 for Memphis Milano
By Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in Beirut, LB
The Euphrates vase was originally designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1983 for Memphis Milano 1981-1988. A classic by Sottsass, the Euphrates porcelain vase is part of three 'rivers' vase...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Ettore Sottsass Vase from Stepped Series in Enameled Ceramic by Bitossi 1990s
By Ettore Sottsass, Bitossi
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
A vase from the stepped series in hand-turned in white clay enameled with two-tone matt gray and light green glaze, manufactured in the 1990s by Bitossi and designed by Ettore Sottsa...
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1960s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass Fastosi Progetti Vase from the Ruins Series by Bitossi Italy
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in GRONINGEN, NL
Fastosi Progetti Vase from the Rovine/Ruins series by Ettore Sottsass. This work is number 𝐭𝐰𝐨 of the nine original editions. Glazed signature, da...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Valentine by Ettore Sottsass 1968 Olivetti
By Ettore Sottsass, Olivetti
Located in Lucca, IT
Valentine Rossa Macchina da Scrivere design Ettore Sottsass production Olivetti Italy 1968 Valentine original and complete with everything first series . Fantastic typewriter , Vale...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Plastic

Ettore Sottsass crystal vase for Fontana Arte 1970s
By Ettore Sottsass, Fontana Arte
Located in Parma, IT
Ettore Sottsass colored crystal vase mod.2665 produced by Fontana Arte in the 1970s. In colored crystal assembled by glue. In excellent condition.
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Crystal

Postmodern Ettore Sottsass Model 592 "Fischietto" Vase For Habitat, 2000
By Habitat International, Ettore Sottsass
Located in London, GB
For sale a rare & iconic Post-Modern “FISCHIETTO” ("Whistle" in Italian) vase designed by Ettore Sottsass, produced by Habitat in 2000 and made of earthenware, glazed in light & dark...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Earthenware

20th Century Pink Glazed Ceramic Shiva Flower Vase by Ettore Sottsass, Spain
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, ES
One of our favourite designs. It has been in production since 1973, and has converted into BD’s sign of identity all over the world. Sottsass designed the vase when travelling to Bar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Mirto Flower Vase a Ettore Sottsass Japanese Urushi Laquer Model
By Marutomi, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Mirto flower vase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Marutomi. This model is limited Japanese urushi laquer model. Japanese traditional urushi pigment is made from natural urushi tree,...
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Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Plastic

Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Valentine Typewriter, Italy 1960s
By Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Naples, IT
Famous and Iconic Portable Typewriter Mod. Valentine designed by Ettore Sottsass and Peter King, for the company Olivetti Italia in 1960, the typewriter is in very good condition wit...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Metal

Ettore Sottsass, Aluminum Umbrella Holder for Rinnovel, 1955, Italy
By Rinnovel, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, IT
Ettore Sottsass, Aluminum Umbrella Holder for Rinnovel, 1955, Italy Ettore Sottsass was an influential Italian architect and designer, best known for his role in founding the Memphi...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Aluminum

Architectural Sculpture by Sottsass for Ultima Edizione, Italy 1986
By Ettore Sottsass, Ultima Edizione
Located in London, GB
Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was an Italian architect and designer during the 20th century. He is perhaps most celebrated as the founder of the Memphis Group, famous for its colourful...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Marble

21st Century Ettore Sottsas Demistella Console in Briar, Polychrome Marble, Wood
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in massa, IT
Polychrome marble console designed by Ettore Sottsass. Description: Console with top in polychrome marble, wood, Macchia Vecchia Marble, Marquinia Bla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Marble

Portable typwriter valentine by Ettore Sottsass / Perry King for Olivetti
By Olivetti, Perry King, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
The Olivetti Valentine is a portable, mechanical, travel typewriter that was manufactured by the Italian company Olivetti from 1969 to 2000. It is known for its unconventional design...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Metal

Valentine Typewriter by Ettore Sottsass produced by Olivetti, Italy ca. 1960s
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Geneva, CH
Vintage iconic Valentine typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass and produced by Olivetti, Italy ca. 1960s Very good working condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Steel

Ettore Sottsass 1970s Melamine Office Set Olivetti Synthesis 45
By Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Amazing office set from the iconic Synthesis 45 series, designed in the 1973 by Ettore Sottsass and manufactured by Olivetti. The story of Olivetti Synthesis goes back to the golden ...
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1970s Italian Industrial Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Plastic

Telephone Enorme designed by Ettore Sottsass for Brondi, 1986
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in FERROL, ES
Telephone Enorme designed by Ettore Sottsass for Brondi, 1986. Included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Retains the original RJ11 cable. Working ...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Plastic

Ettore Sottsass for Fontana Arte Vase Model 2665
By Ettore Sottsass, Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Ettore Sottsass for Fontana Arte rare large graphic colored crystal vase consisting of dark blue central square cylinder with attached brown tria...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Contemporary Ettore Sottsass Polychrome Memphis “Tahiti” Table Lamp, Italy, 1981
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
Ettore Sottsass Italy, Contemporary. Tahiti lamp, designed in 1981. Polychrome enameled metal “duck” with pivoting head mounted on a black and white bact...
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2010s Italian Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Enamel

Italian modern Wastepaper basket by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Synthesis 1970
By Ettore Sottsass, Olivetti
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern Wastepaper basket by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Synthesis, 1970s Square-based wastepaper basket in burgundy red plastic. The structure is made up of a series of cor...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Plastic

Contemporary Art TOTEM Clair De Lune Light Blue White N/Edit. by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Mirabili
Located in Pistoia, IT
Limited edition of 29 pieces. From Primitive clay magma, by playing with shapes, Sottsass makes the “philosophy” of a state of mind visible and concrete: as if in the musical atmosph...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Wood

Olivetti Synthesis 'Synthesis 45' Complete set plus clamp desk organizer
By Ettore Sottsass, Olivetti
Located in Milano, IT
Olivetti ‘Synthesis 45' complete set with rare clamp desk organizer, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti italy in 1972. This versatile set offers the option of combining the pieces or using them separately as per your preference. These vintage pieces are in excellent condition, bearing the stamp of the maker, signifying their authenticity. For more insights into the iconic 'Synthesis 45' series by Sottsass for Olivetti, you can refer to the book "Sottsass Olivetti Synthesis...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Plastic

Contemporary Art Ceramic Totem Chocolate Piece Number 33/99 by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Mirabili
Located in Pistoia, IT
The message that Mirabili intends to portay involves well-known artist and designers, selected for their particular gifts and their poetic world, lending an innovative and sensitive ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Wood

"Moonlight" Candlestick by Ettore Sottsass for Swid Powell
By Ettore Sottsass, Cleto Munari, Swid Powell
Located in Skokie, IL
"Moonlight" Candlestick by Ettore Sottsass for Swid Powell A single "Moonlight" silver -plated and brass candlestick designed by Ettore Sottsass for Swid Powell. Sottsass, 1917-2007...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate, Brass

Venini Oman Vase in Gray, Red & Aquamarine by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

Macchina da scrivere Valentine rossa - Ettore Sottsass - Olivetti - 1968
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milano, MI
Macchina da scrivere Valentine rossa Descrizione Macchina da scrivere Valentine disegnata da Ettore Sottsass per Olivetti nel 1968 e prodotta ad Ivrea. Qui presentato il primo modell...
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1960s Italian Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Iron

Chalice Vase by Ettore Sottsass
By Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, IT
This elegant vase was designed by famous Italian architect Ettore Sottsass in 1962. It is in white clay and its geometric shape with a white finish is adorned with a series of parall...
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2010s Italian Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Contemporary Art TOTEM Odalisca Yellow Black White PA by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Mirabili
Located in Pistoia, IT
Limited rdition of 29 pieces. These ceramic columns evoke Totems and Menhir, ancient architectures or imaginary archetypes, among timeless sacredness and contemporary irony.
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Wood

1980s Gorgeous Red Vase "Hsing" Designed by Ettore Sottsass. Made in Italy
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milano, IT
1980s Gorgeous vase "Hsing" in red glazed ceramic designes by Ettore Sottsass for Alessio Sarri, Sesto Fiorentino. This vase is in excellent condition. Made in Italy. It's marked at ...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass Umbrella Stand for Rinnovel 1955
By Ettore Sottsass, Rinnovel
Located in Munich, DE
Rare Ettore Sottsass anodized aluminum umbrella stand made in Italy 1950s. Signed under the base.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Aluminum

Ettore Sottsass Pink Ceramic Shiva Flower Vase, by BD Barcelona
By BD Barcelona Design, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Shiva ceramic flower 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 b...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass Pink Ceramic Shiva Flower Vase
By BD Barcelona Design, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Shiva ceramic flower 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 b...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass Pink Ceramic Shiva Flower Vase, by BD Barcelona
By BD Barcelona Design, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Shiva ceramic flower vase designed by Ettore Sottsass, circa 1973, edited by BD in Barcelona. In good original condition with minor wear consistent ...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Model 585 Red Vase by Ettore Sottsass, Italy, 1960
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Dronten, NL
Oxblood red vase model 585 designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1960. Realized circa 1961 by Società Ceramica Toscana di Figline for Milanese gallery Il Sestante in different colors. Signe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

"Sol" Fruit Bowl in Glass by Ettore Sottsass, 1982
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Skokie, IL
Ettore Sottsass "Sol" fruit bowl for Compagnia Vetraria Muranese for Memphis Italy, 1982 Additional Information: Materials: Glass Dimensions: 10 1/4" H × 12 1/2" W × 11 3/4" D ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Glass

1980s Ettore Sottsass for Alessi Postmodern Memphis Era Small Bowl Catch It All
By Ettore Sottsass, Alessi
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful small bowl basket designed by Sottsass for Alessi , circa 1980s polished stainless steel .
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Chrome

Italian Glass Vase by Sottsass Associati
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in London, GB
Vase by Nanae Umeda for Egizia by Sottsass Associati. Yellow glass with hand-painted white flowers, 1980s.
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Ettore Sottsass Olivetti Valentine Typewriter C. 1960's
By Ettore Sottsass, Olivetti
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Designed by Ettore Sottsass and Peter King, the typewriter is housed in the permanent collection of the MoMa as an excellent example of pop art. The typewriter also presaged Sottsas...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Metal

Midcentury Decorated Vase by Ettore Sottsass for Egizia, Italy, 1980
By Egizia, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Piacenza, Italy
Glass vase in orange shades with silver animals decoration. Beautiful piece made by Ettore Sottsass forEgizia. Italy, 1980 The vase has its original label.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Glass

Italian Modern Yellow Ceramic Vase ET1 by Ettore Sottsass for A. Sarri, 1990s
By Alessio Sarri, Ettore Sottsass
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern yellow ceramic Vase ET1 by Ettore Sottsass for A. Sarri, 1990s Rare and elegant vase mod. ET1 with round base in ceramic painted in yellow and glazed in white. The st...
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1990s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Square table model "Mettsass" by Ettore Sottsass red glass, 20th century design
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, ES
One of Sottsass first designs for BD, the "Mettsass" has lost none of the personality with which Sottsass designed it for BD some 40 years ago, in 1972. The structure is made of flat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Glass

20th Century Ettore Sottsass Wooden Picture Frame for Il Sestante, 1960s
By Il Sestante, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Turin, Turin
Ettore Sottsass grew up in Turin, and graduated in architecture from the Turin Polytechnic in 1939. In 1947, he founded his own studio in Milan. In 1956, Sottsass moved to New York where he began working in the studio of the designer George Nelson. Back in Italy, he began important collaborations with Poltronova (1957) and Olivetti (1958). From the late 60s to the 70s he collaborated with Superstudio and Archizoom Associati, as part of the Radical Architecture movement, until the founding of the Memphis group in 1981. Ettore Sottsass has been the recipient of numerous international awards and was the winner of the ADI Compasso d'Oro Award in 1959. His works are now exhibited in the permanent collections of many museums around the world. Here we have a wooden photo frame realized for Il Sestante...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Wood, Glass

Olivetti Synthesis Portalettere Design Sottsass - Design - Olivetti
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milano, MI
OLIVETTI SYNTHESIS portalettere Design Sottsass - design - olivetti OLIVETTI SYNTHESIS SISTEMA 45 - Portalettere Design Ettore SOTTSASS ( 1917 ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower Vase G
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese Artificial flower vase G by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numered pieces, number 3 / 1...
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1990s European Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Brass

Ettore Sottsass ASHOKA Table Lamp for MEMPHIS srl
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Ashoka table lamp is an early Ettore Sottsass lighting masterwork for the introductory 1981 MEMPHIS collection as iconoclastic a light/sculpture as yo...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Metal

Ettore Sottsass I Limited Edition Vase in Wood and Murano Glass for Flowers
By Design Gallery Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
I vase made for the collection of twenty-seven woods for Chinese artificial flowers vase by Ettore Sottsass, Edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 numbered...
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1990s European Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Brass

Limited Edition Vase O by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese Artificial flower vase O by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numered pieces, number 3 / 1...
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1990s European Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Brass

Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower Vase U by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese artificial flower vase U by Ettore Sottsass, Edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numbered pieces, number 4 / ...
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1990s European Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Glass, Wood

Ettore Sottsass Shiva Limited Edition Black 74/100
By Ettore Sottsass, BD Barcelona Design
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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...
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1970s Spanish Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Twenty-Seven Woods, Chinese Artificial Flower Vase Omega by Ettore Sottsass
By Design Gallery Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese artificial flower vase omega by Ettore Sottsass, Edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition ...
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1990s European Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Aluminum

Ettore Sottsass Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower Vase A
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese artificial flower vase A by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numered pieces, number 8 / 12. This piece has also been produced as a limited edition with a total of only 12 units. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. In 2005, two years before Sottsass’ death, a gold prototype was made and was an award for an international competition for students of design. This is the very same one that Sottsass holds in his portrait. Ettore Sottsass (14 September 1917-31 December 2007) was an Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century. His body of designs included furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting and office machine design. Sottsass was born on 14 September 1917 in Innsbruck, Austria, and grew up in Milan, where his father was an architect. In 1956, Ettore Sottsass began working as a design consultant for Olivetti, designing office equipment...
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1990s European Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Brass

Ettore Sottsass Pink 'Shiva Vase' for BD Barcelona, Spain, 1971
By Ettore Sottsass, BD Barcelona Design
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Ettore Sottsass ceramic pink 'Shiva Vase' designed in 1971 and produced by BD Barcelona, Spain. The vase will ship in the original box and is in excellent condition. Sottsass: “I continue to produce small, small, small architectures, such as this ceramic piece, for example, a little like monuments, a little like tombs, a little like the abandoned temples of the gods, a little like the ruins of the ancient and unknown civilization in which something –the say– was known; it is said that they understood the axes, the curves, the intersections, perhaps even the causation of the courses of the cosmic bodies, along which each day slide the private vertices of the atoms that make up our fragile flesh and...
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1970s Spanish Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower Vase S by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese artificial flower vase S by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numbered pieces, number 10 ...
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1990s European Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Wood

Ettore Sottsass Shiva Limited Edition Black Prototype 2/8
By Ettore Sottsass, BD Barcelona Design
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Ettore Sottsass decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Ettore Sottsass decorative objects, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 95 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 67 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original decorative objects by Ettore Sottsass were created in the modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Fulvio Bianconi, Alessandro Mendini, and Paolo Venini. Prices for Ettore Sottsass decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $201 and can go as high as $75,474, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,337.
Questions About Ettore Sottsass Decorative Objects
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Ettore Sottsass was an architect and designer. He founded the Memphis Group, a collective of designers active from 1981 to 1987. The Ultrafragola mirror is one of his most well-known designs. On 1stDibs, you can shop a variety of Ettore Sottsass furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Ettore Sottsass was from Innsbruck, Austria. He was born there on September 14, 1917, but he moved to Turin, Italy, as a child. The Italian architect and designer died in Milan, Italy, on December 31, 2007. You'll find a variety of Ettore Sottsass furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Ettore Sottsass was a famous 20th century architect and designer known for his work in furniture, lighting, jewelry and more, as well as from his work in designing buildings. He was Italian, though he was born in Austria, and lived from 1917 to 2007. Shop a range of Ettore Sottsass pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Ettore Sottsass, say "AY-tore-ee SOAT-sas." The second syllable of the designer's surname sounds similar to the word “sauce” but with a shorter, clipped vowel. On 1stDibs, find a range of Ettore Sottsass furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Ettore Sottsass studied at the Politecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy. In 1939, he graduated from the institution with a degree in architecture. Sottsass began working as an artist and designer in the late 1940s. He produced furniture, ceramics, paintings, sculptures and jewelry. Find a variety of Ettore Sottsass furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Ettore Sottsass was inspired by many things, including pop culture, travel and various cultures from around the world. His primary objective of his work was to bring out the deeper beauty of whatever he created. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Ettore Sottsass furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Ettore Sottsass is famous for his work as an architect and an industrial designer, which spurred a revolution in the aesthetics and technology of modern design in the late 20th century. He was the oldest member of the Memphis Group, a design collective formed in Milan in 1980. Having grown disillusioned by the staid, black-and-brown corporatized modernism that had become endemic in the 1970s, the Memphis Group produced 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 like animal skins. Other than his Ultrafragola mirror (1970), Sottsass's most-recognized designs appeared in the first Memphis collection, issued in 1981. They include the multihued, angular Carlton room divider and Casablanca bookcase. Shop a diverse assortment of Ettore Sotsass furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    Ettore Sottsass used a variety of materials over the course of his career. The Italian artist experimented with glass, ceramics, enamel, brass, textiles and more. Along with fellow members of the Memphis Group, he skewed expectations for furniture by using inexpensive materials such as plastic laminates decorated to resemble exotic finishes like animal skins. He also revolutionized ceramics through the pieces he created for the Italian maker Bitossi. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Ettore Sottsass art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Ettore Sottsass's father, also named Ettore Sottsass, designed modernist architecture. He worked for the firm Movimento Italiano per l'Architettura Razionale or MIAR. Giuseppe Pagano was the company's head architect. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Ettore Sottsass furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Ettore Sottsass did not design the Carlton room divider for a specific patron or client. He created the piece while working with the Memphis Group, an art collective that held joint shows from 1981 to 1987. Find a selection of Ettore Sottsass furniture on 1stDibs.

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