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2007 Ettore Sottsass Geometric Mirror in White Red Orange Yellow for Glas Italia

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A modern polychromatic mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass, part of the series Gli Specchi di Dioniso produced by the Italian Company Glas Italia in Brianza, circa 2007. This piece comes from a private collector outside Milan and can be accompanied by the other two Ettore Sottsass mirrors in our inventory. The square mirrored plate is surrounded, to create magic and drama in refraction, by geometric shapes in burgundy red, yellow, orange colored laminated mirror and in white lacquered glass. It can also hung from one corner. Signed on reverse. Glas Italia is widely known for high quality glass craftsmanship and celebrated collaborations with famous designers including Patricia Urquiola, Philippe Starck.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 21.75 in. x W 21 in. x D 1 in.

    H 55.25 cm x W 53.34 cm x D 2.54 cm

  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    748PF
  • Reference number
    LU911210411923

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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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