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Ettore Sottsass ASHOKA Table Lamp for MEMPHIS srl

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The Ashoka table lamp is an early Ettore Sottsass lighting masterwork for the introductory 1981 MEMPHIS collection as iconoclastic a light/sculpture as you'll find anywhere!! With various light sources protruding everywhere from side-to-side, almost Buddha-like in its ephemeral reach, it heralds its namesake "Ashoka the Great", an Indian emperor of the Maurya dynasty, who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from circa 268-232 BC. Ettore's love of India began mid-life, when he sought to heal himself from a terminal bacterial disease living there under the watchful eye of a Hindi Shaman, he ultimately regained full vigor, living a very long life. The "infinite" lighting possibilities reflect his endorsement of Buddhist principles in which all of life's essence is "illuminated".

Details

  • Creator
    Ettore Sottsass (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.5 in (85.09 cm)Width: 29 in (73.66 cm)Depth: 4 in (10.16 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Metal,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    2022
  • Condition
    Pristine & unused.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1539220521502

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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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