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Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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
Italian Sottsass Post-Modern Brutalist Paul Evans Lift Chest
By Ettore Sottsass, Paul Evans, Memphis Milano
Located in Forney, TX
A magnificent Italian designed, exceptionally executed, entirely handmade, showing high quality and sophisticated elegance of execution, having a rich, luxurious and whimsical presen...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal, Steel

Suvretta Plastic Bookcase, by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
The Suvretta bookcase in plastic laminate was originally designed in 1981, by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano. Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck in 1917. In 1939 he graduated...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Plastic

Carlton Wood Miniature Bookcase by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Here you are shown an authentic and perfect reproduction of the Carlton bookcase, originally designed in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass. The vivid colors and seemingly random interplay of s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Plastic, Wood

Barbarella Writing Desk / Secretary by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, 1966/1985
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Ettore Sottsass Barbarella cabinet for Poltronova, Italy. Designed in 1966, produced in 1985. The cabinet features three drawers over a drop-front writing surface concealing two draw...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Brass

"Icarus" Case Piece by Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi for Olivettti
By Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Olivetti
Located in Milan, IT
Metal cabinet from the Icarus project designed by Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi for Olivetti. Sturdy and capable piece able to bring the office concept to the domestic scale...
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1980s Italian Vintage Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Beverly Wood Sideboard, by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
The Beverly sideboard in wood and covered with plastic laminate and natural briar, plus a two-door container with shelf, was originally designed in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass for Memphi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Plastic

Original "Carlton" Cabinet/ Sculpture, designed by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Original "Carlton" bookcase/ room divider/ sculpture, designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, Italy. Wood construction with a coloured laminate surface, handmade in Italy. The cabinet ...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Laminate

"L'amatore del Magnetofono" by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Paris, FR
This cabinet made of laminated plywood comes from the flagship artist of the 20th century, Ettore Sottsass. Named "L'amatore del Magnetofono," or, the lover of the recorder, this cab...
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Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Plywood

'Carlton' Room Divider and Bookcase by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano, Italy
By Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in London, GB
Probably the most iconic of all Ettore Sottsass' designs, the colourful Carlton is half room divider, half bookcase and full size sculptural marvel. Designed in 1981, the Carlton for...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Laminate, Wood

Ettore Sottsass Rare Limited Edition Piccoli Libri Cabinet, 1992
By Design Gallery Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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...
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1990s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Plastic, Wood

Casablanca Wood Cabinet, by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Casablanca cabinet designed in 1981 for Memphis by Ettore Sottsass, in wood and plastic laminated colors. This is an unlimited edition with a numbered metal label. Ettore Sottsass w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Plastic

Zanotta Edizioni Nairobi Bar Cabinet in Red Veneered Laminate by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Zanotta Edizioni Nairobi Bar Cabinet in Red Veneered Laminate by Ettore Sottsass Signed original. Red veneered laminate frame (design E. Sottsass). Base and inner frame with drawe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Malabar Sideboard by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Malabar sideboard with cupboard in plastic by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano collection Additional information: Sideboard with cupboard in plastic laminate. Shelves in plasti...
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2010s Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Tartar Sideboard for Memphis Srl
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Tartar sideboard by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis (1985) is remarkable in several ways. Sottsass once concurred that this iconoclastic piece was an avid attempt to create a Sottsas...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Hardwood

"Casablanca" Cabinet, Design by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis, Italy, 1981
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Napoli, IT
"Casablanca" cabinet designed by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis, Italy, 1981. Wood construction with colored laminate covering shelving with two doors and three drawers. Unlimited Edi...
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1980s Italian Vintage Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Zanotta Edizioni Mombasa Chest of Drawers in Brown Painted by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Zanotta Edizioni Mombasa Chest of Drawers in Brown Painted by Ettore Sottsass Signed original. Upper frame, lower drawer top and feet veneered in open pore dark brown painted ash. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Pearwood

Ettore Sottsass Wardrobe Oak Design Edition, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
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...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Laminate

"Carlton" Shelf or Room Divider by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis, Italy, 1981
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in Miami, FL
Ettore Sottsass Carlton Shelf, 1981, by Memphis Italy, room divider in very good condition. Iconic piece of contemporary Italian design, signed and numbered (name plate on the base)...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Laminate, Wood

Ettore Sottsass Wardrobe Oak Design Edizioni, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
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...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Laminate, Plexiglass, Ash, Walnut

Ettore Sottsass Bookcase Oak Design Edition, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
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...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Plexiglass, Laminate

Ettore Sottsass Bookcase Oak Design Edition, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
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...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Laminate

Ettore Sottsass Cabinet Oak Design Edition, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
Ebony cabinet with three purple lacquered drawers with burnished brass knobs, ebony veneered steel top, grey lacquered upper element with shelves and two drawers, one grey and one wh...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Laminate

Sideboard by Ettore Sottsass for Oak Design Edizioni, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
A sideboard designed by Ettore Sottsass for Oak design Edizioni in 2000 for the exhibition Italy-Japan. Producer's metallic plate. Limited edition of 20 copies. Out production.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Wood

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