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6 Ettore Sottsass Mandarin Chairs for Knoll

$6,000per set

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A 1986 design by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll, the Mandarin chair consists of a flat rectangular seat cushion and flat rectangular seat back. Both with rounded corners and upholstered in black fabric. This angular core is wrapped in an unbroken cycle of colorfully lacquered tube steel that serves to bring structural and visual integrity to the arrangement, as well as serving as the armrests. Four legs are made from the same diameter tube steel lacquered in black. Unlike the armrests made from the same material, the legs are straight. However, they are not completely vertical, nor parallel to each other. The legs are slightly angled outwards such that they further apart from each other where they touch the ground and closer to each other where they connect to the underside of the seat. This set of six comprises two with red, two with green and two with violet armrests and is in overall excellent vintage original condition with fewer marks than expected given the age and use. Provenance: acquired from an architect's office in Munich, where the long-practicing partners, who had acquired the chairs new from Knoll in 1988, were retiring their practice.

Details

  • Creator
    Ettore Sottsass (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.5 in. (82.55 cm)Width: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Depth: 25.5 in. (64.77 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Fabric,Steel,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1988
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Grand Cayman, KY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: M0771stDibs: LU5587223505662

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    Ships From: Munich, Germany
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 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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