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Ettore Sottsass Round Dining Table in Wood and Metal by Poltronova Italy 1950s

$11,568.06

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Round dining table or living room table with four legs in black lacquered metal, table top in wood and brass details. The peculiar tabletop presents a beautiful decoration due to the wood grains, and it also presents four black lacquered metal squares which connect the legs to the tabletop. Designed by the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and manufactured in the late 1950s by Poltronova, Italy. The son of an architect, Ettore Sottsass Jr. (1917-2007) was born in Innsbruck, studied in Turin and graduated from the city’s Polytechnic Institute in 1939 before starting to work with his father in 1945. After opening his own practice in Milan he became interested in industrial design and interior design. His work with ceramics and jewellery is known for its expressive power and personal study and analysis of colour (an aspect which is still a constant in all his work). Going beyond the Rationalist movement of his day, Sottsass forged his own path in design, creating objects which are very different from one another and have a strong emotional component. His projects for Triennale di Milano and, above all, with Olivetti (starting in 1957), for which he designed famous typewriters such as the Praxis 48, Lettera 36 and Valentine, have gone down in the history of design. Also for Olivetti, Sottsass designed Elea 9003, the first Italian computer, which won him a Compasso d’Oro in 1959 (he won a second one in 1970 for Valentine). His in-depth formal research, continuous focus on new avant-garde movements, experimentation and conceptual art made Sottsass an outstanding member of and source of inspiration for numerous currents in design of the ’60s in Italy and Europe. He created experimental furniture (including a number of unique pieces) and participated in the famous 1972 exhibition about the home habitat of the future at MoMA in New York entitled Italy. The New Domestic Landscape. In the early '80s he established the Memphis group, concerned with production of objects and furniture, and his own practice, Sottsass Associati, concerned with architecture as well as design. His partnerships and friendships with artists and critics were very important to Sottsass’s career. From the ’90s on he focused on architecture, primarily homes and urban planning. Over the course of his long career Sotsass has been awarded numerous awards and acknowledgements, including the title of Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres in France (1992) and honorary degrees at Rhode Island School of Design in the USA (1993) and at the Royal College of Art in London (1996).

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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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