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Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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 Rectangular Wooden Coffee Table by Poltronova 1960s Italy
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
A rectangular low coffee table entirely made in wood, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Agliana 1960s. The son of an architect, Ettore Sottsass Jr. (1917-2007) was born i...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Loto Coffee Table, Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, 1980
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milano, Lombardia
The small white marble Loto Coffee Table, designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova in 1980, is a luxurious and sophisticated interpretation of the iconic piece. The choice of white...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ettore Sottsass coffee table mod. Alicudi, prod. Zanotta, 1990s
By Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta
Located in Rivoli, IT
Beautiful rectangular-shaped coffee table designed by Ettore Sottsass for Zanotta in the 1990s. The wooden frame features a multicolor laminate top. Under the base is in Manufacturer...
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1990s Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Laminate, Wood

Vintage 'Donau' Collection Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanini
By Ettore Sottsass, Marco Zanini
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Tony Table by Ettore Sottsass, design 1979
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in VILLEURBANNE, FR
A beautiful example of Ettore Sottsass' work, the Table Tony No.3 was conceived by the renowned designer in 1979. This particular piece was published by Anthologie Quartett around 19...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Low Table by Ettore Sottsass in Wood and Brass by Poltronova 1950s
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Rovereta, SM
Low or living room round table with four brass legs, wooden top, and brass details. The particular table top features beautiful decoration due to the wood grain and also has four b...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Comodini in legno di Ettore Sottsass per Poltronova, anni '60, set di 2
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Quarrata, IT
Coppia di comodini disegnati da Ettore Sottsass e prodotti da Poltronova in Italia negli anni '60. Etichetta di manifattura.
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1960s Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Vintage coffee table by Ettore Sottsass for Santambrogio and De Berti
By Santambrogio & De Berti, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milano, IT
Step into the world of timeless elegance with this exquisite modernist coffee table, a true masterpiece designed by none other than the legendary Ettore Sottsass during the vibrant 1...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Holebid Briar Coffee Table, by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
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

Park Lane Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
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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Ettore Sottsass Central Park Cocktail Table in Marble, Rare, 1983
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare Central Park cocktail table designed in 1983 by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll Studio, comprising a floating, Emperador Dark marble base and eight Nero Marquina marble columns with i...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Ettore Sottsass Custom Burl & Oak Coffee Table from Max Palevsky Residence, 1984
By Sottsass Associati, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Kansas City, MO
This one of a kind custom coffee table designed by Ettore Sottsass is from the Max Palevsky Residence, Malibu, CA. Beautiful burl wood top with oak frame and polished aluminum feet. ...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome, Aluminum

Park Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano Collection
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
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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21st Century by E.Sottsass "Jaipur" Marble Coffee Table with Crystal Top
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in massa, IT
Name: JAIPUR Materials: Bianco Carrara + Verde Aver +crystal Size: cm. 120 x 120 x H 38 Designed by: Ettore Sottsass.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Coffee Table in Laminated Wood by Ettore Sottsass for Alessi, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass, Alessi
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

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. Pro...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Ash

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Ettore Sottsass coffee and cocktail tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Ettore Sottsass coffee and cocktail tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Ettore Sottsass coffee and cocktail tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 10 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 9 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original coffee and cocktail tables by Ettore Sottsass were created in the modern style in italy during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider coffee and cocktail tables by Ferruccio Laviani, Memphis Milano, and Cara e Davide. Prices for Ettore Sottsass coffee and cocktail tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,669 and can go as high as $14,310, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,983.
Questions About Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables
  • 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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