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Ultrafragola Mirror
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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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Illuminated Floor Mirror Ultrafragola
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in London, GB
Mirror / lighting "Ultrafragola" was designed in 1970s by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, in vacuum-formed opaline acrylic. Ultrafragola, with its sinuous shape, evocative of a wavy ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors

Materials

Plastic

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

Vintage 1980s Italian Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Original Ultrafragola Mirror Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Ultrafragola mirror, designed by Ettore Sottsass, Italy, 1970. Original recent production mirror made of moulded fibreglass with hard-back and shaped mirror. The frame is white, t...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Plastic

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Glass, Plastic

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 fl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors a...

Materials

Glass, Acrylic

20th Century Ettore Sottsass Mirror Ultrafragola for Poltronova
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Turin, Turin
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...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Opal

Shiva Flower Vase by Ettore Sottsass.
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, ES
One of our favourite designs. It has been in production since 1973, and has converted into BD’s sign of identity all over the world. Sottsass designed the vase when travelling to Bar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Madrid, ES
Available for immediate delivery. A colorful iconic mirror model "Ultrafragola" designed by Ettore Sottsass and edited by Poltronova. Made of white perplex structure with pink neon ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Steel

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors a...

Materials

Glass, Acrylic

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors a...

Materials

Glass, Acrylic

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors a...

Materials

Glass, Acrylic

Olivetti "Valentine" Typewriter by Ettore Sottsass
By Olivetti, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Vienna, AT
Famous portable typewriter by Sottsass for Olivetti, Italy from the 1960s. Totally functional with some wear. 3 pieces available.  
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Steel