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Ettore Sottsass, Agra, Signed and Numbered, EAD Edition, 1994

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Ettore Sottsass, Agra, Laminated plastic, five polychromic ceramic elements, EAD Edition, Design from 1964, edition from 1994. Edition of 20 numbered and signed copies. Signatured of the designer and numbering on the red element: Sottsass 20/20. Measures: Height 200 cm, width 54 cm, depth 54 cm. Similar model: EAD Edizioni Arte Design, Lavori di Sottsass, Archizoom, Mendini, Cammilli, catalogo di produzione, 1998, p. 6.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    1994
  • Period
    1990-1999
  • Materials and Techniques
    LaminatedPlastic,Ceramic
  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 78.75 in. x W 21.26 in. x D 21.26 in.H 200 cm x W 54 cm x D 54 cm
  • Seller Location
    Nice, FR
  • Reference Number
    LU935714992982
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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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