Ettore Sottsass Olivetti Valentine Typewriter, Italy, 1969 For Sale
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Ettore Sottsass Olivetti Valentine Typewriter, Italy, 1969

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Early edition of the famous 'Valentine' typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr. and manufactured by Olivetti, Italy, 1969. This first edition was produced in Barcelona, the second edition was manufactured in Mexico. The Valentine typewriter was launched on 14 February 1969, explains the name ‘Valentine’. It was designed by the late Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass, with the British designer, Perry Ellis, for the Italian firm, Olivetti. This valentine was mostly sold in red possibly because of the launch date. It was one of the most successful designed ever made by Olivetti. Now, where nobody uses a typewriter anymore, it has become a 20th century design icon. It is in good original condition with only minimal marks on it. Shipping: Please contact us for affordable global shipping quotes, we ship from 35 Euro for small items up to 350 – 1000 Euro for larger items. We also provide express and white glove delivery services. Contact our shipping department for a non-binding shipping quote, you will get a response within 72 hours.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 13.78 in. x W 13.39 in. x D 4.73 in.H 35 cm x W 34 cm x D 12 cm
  • Seller Location
    Roosendaal, NL
  • Reference Number
    LU93308260843
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About Ettore Sottsass (Designer)

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 these pages 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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