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Ettore Sottsass for Stilnovo, 'Manifesto' Ceiling Lamp 1970, Longest Red Version

$10,203.95

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Ettore Sottsass, Austria/Italy (designer) Stilnovo, Italy (manufacturer) 'Manifesto' ceiling lamp, designed 1970 Chrome-plated and red lacquered metal shade. Original bulb holder and wiring. Original ceiling fixing plate and nuts and bolts. This is the longest version: height 118.5 cm / 46.5 in. We were informed when purchasing this lamp that this is a prototype or early production. It differs from later/production models in that it use a thicker gauge metal tube and has slightly different ceiling fixings. It is also longer than the mormal long versions at 118.5 cm / 46.5 in. compared to the normal production 105 cm / 41.5 in. Condition & Info: The lamp is fully functioning. The chrome tube is good with no notable damage. The red shade has a few minor knocks and one dent to one side - this is evident from the photos - please see the close-up of the shade. The shade could easily be fully repaired by a good restorer. It is worth noting that, if these lamps do occasionally turn up, they are sometimes restored, with the shades re-painted. Due to the rarity of this piece we will leave this to the buyer's discression. We can arrange and oversee the restoration if required.

Details

  • Creator
    Ettore Sottsass (Designer),Stilnovo (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 46.66 in. (118.5 cm)Diameter: 10.04 in. (25.5 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Chrome,Metal,Lacquered,Plated
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1628220889152

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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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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