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Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

Ettore Sottsass Jr. (Italy, 1917–2007)
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 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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Diva Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass from Memphis Milano
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano, Memphis Group
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Diva Mirror with plastic laminate, was originally designed in 1984 by Ettore Sottsass. Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck in 1917. In 1939 he graduated in architecture at the Pol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror, Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Post-Modernism Colored Geometric Mirror for Glas Italia 2007
By Glas Italia, Ettore Sottsass
Located in New York, NY
A modern polychromatic mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass, of the post-modernism movement, part of the series Gli Specchi di Dioniso produced by the Italian Company Glas Italia in B...
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Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Wood, Art Glass, Cut Glass, Mirror

20th Century Ettore Sottsass Mirror Ultrafragola for Poltronova
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Turin, IT
Mirror / lighting "Ultrafragola" designed in 1970s by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, in vacuum-formed opaline acrylic. Ultrafragola, with its sinuous shape, evocative of a wavy fema...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Opal

Ultrafragola Mirror/Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Milan, Italy
The Ultrafragola mirror / lamp with its sinuous shape, evocative of a wavy female hair, belongs to the Gray Furniture series, a complete bedroom and living room, designed by Ettore S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Glass, Plastic

Dioniso5 Gli Specchi di Dioniso Wall Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Dioniso5 Gli Specchi di Dioniso wall mirror is from a collection of 6 wall mirrors in different shapes and sizes characterizes by polychromatic frames composed of elements in laminat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Dioniso4 Gli Specchi di Dioniso Wall Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Dioniso4 Gli Specchi di Dioniso wall mirror is from a collection of 6 wall mirrors in different shapes and sizes characterizes by polychromatic frames composed of elements in laminat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Dioniso6 Gli Specchi di Dioniso Wall Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Dioniso6 Gli Specchi di Dioniso wall mirror is from a collection of 6 wall mirrors in different shapes and sizes characterizes by polychromatic frames composed of elements in laminat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Mandala Wall Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Framed mirror with a reflecting bordering which gives depth. The mirror is inserted in a poplar brier wooden frame. Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1917. He recei...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror, Poplar

Dioniso2 Gli Specchi di Dioniso Wall Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Dioniso2 Gli Specchi di Dioniso wall mirror is from a collection of 6 wall mirrors in different shapes and sizes characterizes by polychromatic frames composed of elements in laminat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Dioniso3 Gli Specchi di Dioniso Wall Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Dioniso3 Gli Specchi di Dioniso wall mirror is from a collection of 6 wall mirrors in different shapes and sizes characterizes by polychromatic frames composed of elements in laminat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Sybilla Mirror Unit, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Mirror unit with crystal mirror, two lamps and console table made of pearwood and Alpi veneer. The base is in anilinevarnished wood. Every piece is identified by a progressive number...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Wood, Mirror

Shibam 2 Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Totem mirror with red and white bulbs. The lateral and frontal sides are in mirror partially decorated with thin white engravings going around the whole perimeter. The base is in mat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Dioniso1 Gli Specchi di Dioniso Wall Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Dioniso1 Gli Specchi di Dioniso wall mirror is from a collection of 6 wall mirrors in different shapes and sizes characterizes by polychromatic frames composed of elements in laminat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Shibam 1 Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
TOTEM mirror with object holder shelf. The two frontal sides are in white mirror and the lateral ones in decorated mirror with thin colored engravings (available in the colors pink a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Etrusco Mirror Unit with Aniline-Vanished Wood, by Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Etrusco mirror unit is shown here in the rectangular shape. Mirror unit with crystal mirror and Alpi veneer frame. The shelf and the base are in aniline-vanished wood with gold-plate...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Wood, Mirror

Pink ‘Ultrafragola’ Mirror Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in London, GB
The curvaceous pink ‘Ultrafragola’ mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass is probably the most iconic of all his many designs. Originally produced in the 1970s by Poltronova, the ‘Ultraf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Glass, Acrylic

Ultrafragola Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ultrafragola mirror (from Mobile Grigi series of designs.) Ettore Sottsass (Italian.) Original design: 1970, production 2019 Opaline plastic, mirror, pink LED light within, nickel...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Acrylic, Mirror

Ettore Sottsass 2007 Post-Modern Prism Black White Orange Mirror for Glas Italia
By Ettore Sottsass, Glas Italia
Located in New York, NY
A modern polychromatic mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass, of the post-modernism movement, part of the series Gli Specchi di Dioniso produced by the Italian Company Glas Italia in B...
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Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Art Glass, Wood, Cut Glass, Mirror

21st Century by Ettore Sottsas Damecuta Mirror Consolle in Marble Pink Portugal
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in massa, IT
Mirros Consolle realized with three different marble, Rosa Portogallo, Bianco Carrara, Rosso Francia. Designed by Arch. Ettore Sottsass. Size: cm. 48 x 74 x 190 H. Materials: Ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Marble

Ultrafragola Mirror/Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Milan, Italy
This is "Ultrafragola" a nice mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass for "Poltronova" in the 1970. It is a translucent white plastic frame of undulating outline, concealing pink internal...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Glass, Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
A colorful iconic mirror model "Ultrafragola" designed by Ettore Sottsass and edited by Poltronova. Made of white perplex structure with pink neon lamp inside and mirror. No dimmable...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Steel

Large Illuminated Floor Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Berlin, Berlin
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 ...
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2010s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror, Plastic

20th Century Ettore Sottsass Tilting Mirror "Sandretta" Model SP63 Poltronova
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Turin, IT
Table tilting mirror "Sandretta" model SP63 designed in 1960s by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova. Structure in wood, lacquered wood, mirrored glass, brass details. The diameter of the...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Brass

Ettore Sottsass Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Santambrogio & De Berti
Located in New York, NY
Rare wall mirror by Ettore Sottsass. From a small series produced by Santambrogio and De Berti in the late 1950s. Tinted and clear mirrored glass, brass and wood structure in back. T...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Brass

Ettore Sottsass, Wall Mirror Manufactured by Santambrogio and De Berti
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Ettore Sottsass, Wall mirror manufactured by Santambrogio and De Berti, Crystal glass, golden brass, Italy, circa 1958. Measures: Height 190 cm, width 30 cm, depth 3 cm.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Brass

"Diva" Wall Mirror by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis srl
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror, Laminate

Ettore Sottsass Jr. "TOTEM" Console with Mirror for Poltronova, Italy, 1962
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Milan, IT
Rare Arch. Ettore Sottsass Jr. "TOTEM" console with mirror for Poltronova A rarely seen piece by Architect Ettore Sottsass Jr. Reference: E. Paoli, "Quaderni Vitrum, n°8, Specc...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Mirror Signed by "Ettore Sottsass Produced by Glas Italia" Italy 2007
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Dioniso 1 mirror of early production designed by Ettore Sottsass in 2007 for Glas Italia 2007, comprises white, orange, red, and yellow colored glass in geometric shapes that surroun...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror

Ettore Sottsass, Console with Mirror, Italy, circa 1970
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
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...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Glass, Plastic, Wood

Mirror Designed and Signed by Ettore Sottsass, 2007 Made in Italy
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Jersey City, NJ
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Mirrors

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Mirror