Mirror Ultrafragola Designed by Ettore Sottsass

Buyer Protection Guaranteed


Mirror ultrafragola designed by Ettore Sottsass and edited by Poltronova. Made in plastic with pink neon lamps.


    6 ft. 4.8 in. H x 5.12 in. W x 39.37 in. D
    195 cm H x 13 cm W x 100 cm D
    Seller Location
    Madrid, Spain
    Reference Number

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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2013

Typical response time: 5 hours

Located in Madrid, ES

More from this Seller

Mirror Designed by L.A. Studio
Mirror Designed by L.A. Studio
Brass, Quartz, Mirror
Circular mirror designed by L.A Studio, with structure made in brass and decorated with pink quartz.
Model "Infinity" Italian Mirror
Model "Infinity" Italian Mirror
Brass, Mirror, Wood
Italian mirror mod. "Infinity", made in real wood with brass marquetry and interior illuminated, which creates an optical depth effect.
Pair of Mirrors
Pair of Mirrors
Agate, Brass, Malachite, Precious Stone, Rose Quartz
Pair of circular mirrors, designed by Studio L.A with structure made of brass and decorated with semi-precious stones.
Pair of Aged Mirrors
Pair of Aged Mirrors
Mirror, Wood
Pair of aged rectangular shaped mirrors with frame made in natural wood branch.