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Ettore Sottsass Gala Floor Lamp by Post Design Memphis


Gala floor lamp design Ettore Sottsass for the collection Mobili Lunghi and produced by Post Design 2000 (Memphis). The Gala Floor lamp was made by Post Design 2000 (Memphis) circa 2000. Made of ribbed laminated profiles in black painted wood with side lighting bulbs and top red light bulb. The Gala floor lamp by Ettore Sottsass has no base and must be put against the wall creating more of a light art sculpture redefining the sources of light in your home both vertically and horizontally. Ettore Sottsass is one of the Italian leading architect and designer of the Mid Century period. Our lighting department service specialist has been in Design and Decorative Arts both, as a gallery curator and as a collector and retailer, for almost twenty years, with a special focus in the period between the 1950s and 1980s. Our Mid Modern lighting collection is the result of an in depth study and research of artists and designers who have had a real influence on the refinement and innovation of home furnishings, both in the forms and materials used for lamps, chairs, armchairs and furniture. Our policy with regard to the treated pieces is to leave them as much as possible to their natural state with minimum restoration unless its strictly necessary for conservation. In our view an object retains its charm and value even, and especially, in the imperfections and signs that the passing of time has left on them. I believe that time is indissociable from the creative work that lives and matures: you need to respect the integrity and the natural state of every historic piece, avoiding superficial cosmetic interventions and restoring only when strictly necessary for conservation. Size: 78.4" H, 4.72" W, 4.72" D.          


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    H 78.4 in. x W 4.72 in. x D 4.72 in.

    H 199.14 cm x W 11.99 cm x D 11.99 cm

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    Jersey City, NJ
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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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