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Ettore Sottsass Rose Marble Pedestal Dining Table

$7,900 Asking Price

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Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, pedestal table, in red marble and metal, Italy, 1965. Round pedestal table by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. A orange-pink round base with black metal cylindrical column. The round top is executed in beautiful rose marble. A great contrast arises due to the different materials. The smooth black base makes another great contrast to the marble top with beautiful veins and colors. Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) is an Italian architect and designer. Among others, he is known as the founder of the Memphis Group, which is celebrated for its eclectic, Postmodern designs in furniture. The designs of this period feature irony, bright colors and scale distortions. Literature: - Hans Hoger, "Ettore Sottsass, Designer Artist, Architect", Éditions Wasmuth, 1993, p. 80. - Giuliana Gramigna, "Repertorio del Design Italiano 1950-2000", Vol.1, Umberto Allemandi, Turin, 2003, p. 118.

Details

  • Creator
    Ettore Sottsass (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.96 in. (71 cm)Diameter: 51.19 in. (130 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Marble
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Date of Manufacture
    1965
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450038461stDibs: LU933118910212

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    Ships From: Waalwijk, Netherlands
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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 Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly examines each piece to determine what, if any, work needs to be done. Whether that means new upholstery or a complete restoration, Morentz's aim is always to honor the designer’s intention while fulfilling the wishes of the client. The team is up to any challenge, from restoring a single piece to its original glory to furnishing a large-scale hotel project.

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