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Ettore Sottsass Greek Chairs One of Seven Grey Bieffeplast, Italy, 1980

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One of Seven Ettore Sottsass Greek Chairs Grey Bieffeplast, Italy, 1980. Sold and priced per piece. Very rare light grey chairs made from lacquered tubular steel and plastic seat and backrest. They are labeled Bieffeplast. 4 pieces are in good condition with no issues besides wear of aging and minimal scratches; 3 chairs have small issues that do not limit their function or beauty; 2 chairs have chips at one side, another one shows a crack at the far end of the seat that does not limit the comfort. Sold and priced per piece.

Details

  • Creator
    Bieffeplast (Manufacturer),Ettore Sottsass (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.31 in. (76.99 cm)Width: 18.50 in. (46.99 cm)Depth: 18.11 in. (46 cm)Seat Height: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Plastic,Steel,Dyed,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. 4 pieces are in very good condition with no issues besides wear of aging and minimal scratches; 3 chairs have small issues that do not limit their function; 2 chairs have chips at one side, another one a crack at the far end of the seat.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU993513586212

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Vienna, Austria
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 10 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.

About the Seller
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Located in Vienna, Austria

A destination for collectors, designers and architects from around the world, Derive specializes in carefully curated, unique pieces of postwar and postmodern design from such manufacturers as Lobmeyr, B&B Italy and Maison Jansen and distinguished designers like Josef Hoffmann, Ettore Sottsass and Max Ingrand. Derive also offers a full menu of services, including rewiring, deep restoration, upholstery and customization

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