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Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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
Coffee Table Designed by Sottsass, 1983
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Coffee table 'PARK LANE', designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1983, Italy. Fibreglass construction in black and green with a black and white veined marble top. Ettore Sottsass (14 S...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Ettore Sottsass Wooden Coffee Table in Poltronova, 1960s, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Wooden coffee table designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Agliana (1960).   
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1960s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Italian Alicudi Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanini for Zanotta
By Marco Zanini, Ettore Sottsass
Located in London, GB
A late 20th Alicudi coffee table by design legends Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanini for Zanotta. Italy, c1990s. Laminated polychrome printed decoration to the top. In per...
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Late 20th Century Italian Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Park Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Park coffee table in marble, metal and glass by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano collection Additional information: Coffee table in marble, metal and plate glass. Collection: ...
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2010s Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Holebid Briar Coffee Table, by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Holebid coffee table in briar and plastic laminate, is designed in 1984 by Ettore Sottsass. Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck in 1917. In 1939 he graduated in architecture at th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Rectangular Coffee Table for Poltronova, Italy, 1958
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, IT
Ettore Sottsass rectangular coffee table for Poltronova, Italy, 1958 Splendid original patina and conservation.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Park Lane Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Park Lane coffee table in fiberglass & marble by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano collection Additional information: Coffee table in fiberglass and marble. Collection: Memphis...
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2010s Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Fiberglass

Coffee Table in Laminated Wood by Ettore Sottsass for Alessi, Italy
By Alessi, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
A beautiful coffee table in laminated wood designed by Ettore Sottsass for Alessi, circa 1990.
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1990s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Vintage Coffee Table in Wood by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Milano, IT
Stunning coffee table by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova of the dine of the 50s.The coffee table is round, and was made with perfect joints of different types of wood and inserts in i...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Iron

Ettore Sottsass Jr. for Poltronova, Rosewood Square Coffee Table, 1958
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Milan, IT
Ettore Sottsass Jr. for Poltronova, square coffee table, 1958 Enameled brass and rosewood Literature: Guia Sambonet - Ettore Sottsass: Mobili e Qualche Arredamento 1985, pg. 23, Mi...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

White Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, 1959
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Milano, IT
Splendid coffee table designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova in 1959. The coffee table is entirely in white painted wood, with beautiful wood grain. The coffee table has 4 chrom...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table Oak Design Edizioni, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
A table designed by Ettore Sottsass for Oak Design Edizioni in 2000 for the exhibition Italy, Japan. Exotic wood and stained ash circular pedestal. Producer's metallic plate. Limited...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Ash

Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass for Oak Design Edizioni, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
Round coffee table in black lacquered wood with central part in fluorescent red finish. Limited edition of 20 copies. Out production.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass for Oak Design Edition, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
A table designed by Ettore Sottsass for Oak design edition in 2000 for the exhibition Italy - Japan. Rosewood veneer and chromium-plated steel side table. Producer's metallic plate. ...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table, Rosewood, Steel and Brass, Poltronova, Italy, 1958
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Kansas City, MO
Early rare Brazilian rosewood coffee table designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy, 1958. Legs are black enameled steel with brass feet. Top has four black enameled accent ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Steel

Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table Oak Design Edizioni, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
Round coffee table in red lacquered wood with polished steel base. Limited edition of 20 copies. Out production.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table Oak Design Edizioni, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
Square coffee table with wooden base finished in silver leaf and black lacquer, polished steel structure, polished steel top with black painted top. Limited edition of 20 copies. Out...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Ettore Sottsass Primavera Marble Coffee Table, 1980
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Munich, DE
Primavera coffee table model in white marble, designed by Ettore Sottsass and produced by Ultime Edizioni, circa 1980.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble

Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table Oak Design Edizioni, Italy
By Oak Design Edizioni, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
Round coffee table with red lacquered wooden cylinders and flat structure and base in polished steel. Limited edition of 20 copies. Out production.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

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Ettore Sottsass coffee and cocktail tables for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has Ettore Sottsass coffee and cocktail tables available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Ettore Sottsass coffee and cocktail tables collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular.. In stock we have 8 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 8 modern editions to choose from. Many of the original Ettore Sottsass coffee and cocktail tables were created in modern style in Italy during the 21st century and contemporary. Many customers also consider coffee and cocktail tables by Fornasetti, Angelo Cortesi and Antonio Citterio if you want additional options. Pricing for coffee and cocktail tables by Ettore Sottsass can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $3,112 and tops out at $14,690, while pieces like these can sell for $6,332.

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