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Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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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Holebid Briar Coffee Table, by Ettore Sottsass from Memphis Milano
By Memphis Group, Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass
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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Plastic, Wood

Ettore Sottsass Jr. for Poltronova, Rosewood Square Coffee Table, 1958
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
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...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Ettore Sottsass Primavera Marble Coffee Table, 1980
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Naples, IT
Primavera coffee table model in white marble, designed by Ettore Sottsass.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal

20th Century Ettore Sottsass Round Coffee Table Poltronova in Wood and Metal
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Turin, IT
Round coffee table designed at the end of 1950s by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova. The table has a round wooden top and lacquered metal feet. Published in: Domus 353 (April 1959), p...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Ettore Sottsass Harlow Coffee Table, 1971
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brussels, BE
The Harlow series was created in 1971. It was edited by Poltronova and not re-edited since. It is typical of Sottsass bold and simple design. The foot is in cast aluminium and the ta...
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1970s Italian Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Side Table 'Primavera' by Ettore Sottsass for Ultima Edizione
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brussels, BE
Side table 'Primavera' by Ettore Sottsass for Ultima Edizione.
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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

"Park Lane" Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A magnificent example of the "high/low" material concept that consumed Ettore Sottsass and the other Memphis designers in the early years of the collective. In this case --- beaut...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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
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

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 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

Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table in Laminated Wood by 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

Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table 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

Materials

Steel

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

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Diva Mirror, by Ettore Sottsass from Memphis Milano
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Bay Table Lamp (US), by Ettore Sottsass from Memphis Milano
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Previously Available Items
Coffee Table Designed by Ettore Sottsass, Model Primavera
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
White Carrara marble coffee table, model Primavera, by Ettore Sottsass for Ultime Edizioni, circa 1980.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Memphis Milano Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass, circa 1980, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Girona, Spain
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  • Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table
  • Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table
  • Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table
H 16.75 in. W 50.5 in. D 27.75 in.
Ettore Sottsass Square Coffee Table for Poltronova, 1959, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brussels, BE
Rare Ettore Sottsass square coffee table for Poltronova, 1959, Italy. Teak and black metal. Dimensions: 77 cm W, 77 cm D, 39 cm H. Documented in Domus April 1959, p.41. Good orig...
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Rare Sottsass 'Central Park' Table
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Located in Phoenix, AZ
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"Alicudi" Coffee Table by Ettore Sottsass, Italy, 1993
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Pair of Primavera Tables by Ettore Sottsass for Ultime Edizioni, Italy
By Ultima Edizione, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
Pair of primavera coffee tables model in black marble and painted metal, designed by Ettore Sottsass and produced by Ultime Edizioni, 1980.
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Ettore Sottsass, Pair of Primavera Tables, Ultime Edizioni, Italy
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Located in Milan, Italy
Pair of Primavera coffee tables model in white marble and painted metal, designed by Ettore Sottsass and produced by Ultime Edizioni, about 80 years.
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“Park” Coffee Table, Ettore Sottsass Memphis Editions, Italy, 1983
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in New York, NY
Glass, steel and three varieties of marble. Literature: B. Radice, Memphis Research, Experiences, Results, Failures, and Successes of New Design, London, 1985, drawing of table on pa...
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1980s Italian Vintage Ettore Sottsass Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Ettore Sottsass Coffee Table Modern First Prototype Factory by Ghianda, 1980s
By Ettore Sottsass, Pierluigi Ghianda
Located in Milano, IT
First prototype designed by Ettore Sottsass for the Ghianda factory in the 1980s. The coffee table is a unique piece, in fact it is the first prototype made. The table is made of var...
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Ettore Sottsass 'Donau' Side Table, 1985
By Marco Zannini, Ettore Sottsass
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare side table was designed by Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanini in 1985. The wooden parts, executed in bird’s eye maple, offer a striking contrast with the four blue metal tube...
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H 19.69 in. W 19.69 in. D 19.69 in.