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Ultrafragola Mirror

About the Design

Most mirrors are meant to be looked in, but some are meant to be looked at. The Ultrafragola mirror by Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) is a classic example of the latter: It is hard to look away from its soft neon glow and sensuous curves, which resemble flowing wavy hair. 

As part of Sottsass’s “I Mobile Grigi” series for the third edition of the Eurodomus trade show, the Ultrafragola, which translates to “ultra strawberry” in Italian, was designed in 1970. It was a precursor to his best-known accomplishment: the 1981 founding of his design collective the Memphis Group (Milan, not Tennessee), which embraced Pop art and exhibited a flashy unorthodox sensibility. The Ultrafragola embodies many of Memphis’s postmodern ideals. With its cheap plastic shell — made of vacuum-formed opaline acrylic — this playful and flamboyant piece challenged modernist design’s clean lines and austere shapes at the time.

Despite the Memphis Group’s spirited start, with its members experimenting radically with furniture, jewelry and more, it had a short life span. In 1985, Sottsass refused to be defined by a single design movement, so he left the group, which formally dissolved two years later. However, Italy’s Poltronova still manufactures the Ultrafragola mirror today. And it’s seeing a revival thanks to its made-for-social-media aesthetic and growing favor among celebrities and contemporary interior designers. Indeed, the Memphis style is having a beautiful, bold, neon-colored comeback.

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20th Century Ettore Sottsass Mirror Ultrafragola for Poltronova
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Turin, IT
Mirror / lighting "Ultrafragola" designed in 1970s by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, in vacuum-formed opaline acrylic. Ultrafragola, with its sinuous shape, evocative of a wavy fema...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Opal

Ultrafragola Mirror/Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Milan, Italy
The Ultrafragola mirror / lamp with its sinuous shape, evocative of a wavy female hair, belongs to the Gray Furniture series, a complete bedroom and living room, designed by Ettore S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Plastic

Pink ‘Ultrafragola’ Mirror Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in London, GB
The curvaceous pink ‘Ultrafragola’ mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass is probably the most iconic of all his many designs. Originally produced in the 1970s by Poltronova, the ‘Ultraf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors a...

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Glass, Acrylic

Ultrafragola Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ultrafragola mirror (from Mobile Grigi series of designs.) Ettore Sottsass (Italian.) Original design: 1970, production 2019 Opaline plastic, mirror, pink LED light within, nickel...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors

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Acrylic, Mirror

Ettore Sottsass Il Sestante Ceramic Vase 1966 Signed and Published
By Ettore Sottsass, Il Sestante
Located in Firenze, IT
Ceramic vase designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1966 mod. 609 for the Sestante and produced by the Bitossi company of Montelupo Fiorentino. This piece, which belongs to the very first s...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Silver Candlesticks by Ettore Sottsass
By Swid Powell, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Vienna, AT
Silver plated candlesticks designed in the 1980 by Ettore Sottsass for Swid Powell/Reed and Barton.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Candlesticks

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Brass

Ultrafragola Mirror/Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Milan, Italy
This is "Ultrafragola" a nice mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass for "Poltronova" in the 1970. It is a translucent white plastic frame of undulating outline, concealing pink internal...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

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Glass, Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
A colorful iconic mirror model "Ultrafragola" designed by Ettore Sottsass and edited by Poltronova. Made of white perplex structure with pink neon lamp inside and mirror. No dimmable...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

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Steel