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Ettore Sottsass for Cassina Postmodern Sofa Model Danube in Red Fabric, 1990s

$11,741.4052% Off


Two-seater sofa Danube model for Cassina of 1992. Structure in black tubular iron powder coated, plywood panels. The fabric of the seat is original of the time covered in red fabric with geometric elements. On request the upholstery can be replaced with different fabrics and colors. Publications: Bosoni G, Made in Cassina, Skira, Milan, p. 298-299. The sofa is ideal for eclectic and Postmodern environments, with great character.


  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Ettore Sottsass (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.47 in. (85 cm)Width: 57.88 in. (147 cm)Depth: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Seat Height: 16.15 in. (41 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The sofa is original of the period, the structure on iron has some scratches due to its age and its use. We always remember that it is vintage furniture. The upholstery is original of the period has no scratches or breaks but is always used.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911219871952

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    Ships From: milano, Italy
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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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