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Contemporary Polychrome Memphis Table Lamp Designed by Ettore Sottsass, Italy

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Ettore Sottsass Italy, contemporary Polychrome enameled metal “duck” with pivoting head mounted on a black and white bacterio-patterned laminate base. New production of the “Tahiti” table lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass in the Memphis era. About Austrian-born architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) graduated from Politecnico di Torino in 1939. He opened his own design studio in 1947, and in 1958 Sottsass was hired by Italian manufacturer Olivetti, for whom he designed electronic devices including the iconic typewriter Valentine. In 1981 Sottsass founded the Italian design collaborative Memphis along with designers such as George Sowden, Martine Bedin and Nathalie du Pasquier. The group debuted at Salone del Mobile of Milan and their colorful vases, furniture, carpets, lighting, ceramics and fabrics expanded the creative limits of the design industry. The Milan-based collective of designers formed to Challenge the rationalist design principles they had been taught. They employed unexpected forms, bold colors, graphic patterns, and cheap materials-like plastic-to forge a new approach to design. Sottsass left the group in 1985 to form his own practice, which continues to operate today. His work is part of the collections of MoMA, The Met and The Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, the Design Museum in London and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam among others. Size: H 63 x W 30 cm.

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  • Creator
    Memphis Group (Manufacturer),Ettore Sottsass (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24.81 in. (63 cm)Width: 11.82 in. (30 cm)Depth: 3.94 in. (10 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Contemporary
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Current Production)
  • Estimated Production Time
    Available Now
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Copenhagen K, DK
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1011226403832

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About the Designer

Ettore Sottsass

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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