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Ettore Sottsass Wall Decorations

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
Exposition "S'asseoir", 1974, Musée de Grenoble 12 Posters in DIN A2, De Sede
By De Sede, Ettore Sottsass
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1972, Original Drawing by Ettore Sottsass
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Original drawing by the famous Italian designer Ettore Sottsass 1972. Hand signed Pencil and watercolor Very good condition Sizes: A3 (30 x 42 cm).
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Ettore Sottsass Umbrella Stand by Rinnovel, Enameled Aluminum
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This is one of the most important Italian, designer/artist of all times.
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Wall decorations by Ettore Sottsass are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of steel and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Ettore Sottsass wall decorations collection, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 3 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many of Ettore Sottsass' original wall decorations were created in Europe during the late 20th century in the modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider wall decorations by and . Prices for Ettore Sottsass wall decorations can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $207 and tops out at $4,047, while pieces like these can sell for $1,819 on average..

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