Ettore Sottsass is one of the most significant designers and architects of the late 20th Century, his bold and colorful, Post Modern aesthetic enlivening objects, furniture and interiors and influencing design around the world. Born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1917, Sottsass and his family moved to Turin, Italy in 1929 so he could study architecture at the Politecnico di Turino. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1939 but he was called to serve the Italian army during World War II and he spent most of the war in a concentration camp. Upon his return in 1945, he worked for his father, Ettore Sottsass senior, an architect practicing in Turin, before relocating to Milan to curate a craft exhibition at the 1946 Triennale.

In Milan, Sottsass began writing for the art and architectural magazine, Domus. It was also here in Milan that Sottsass founded his own architectural and industrial design practice establishing a name for himself by the end of the 1950s with the design of fashionable office equipment for Olivetti. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Sottsass created radical and experimental designs for forward thinking companies like Poltronova. Sottsass’ exploration of a new visual language included collaborating with artists such as Alessandro Mendini and Andrea Branzi and culminated in the formation of the radical design collective, Memphis whose work was widely accepted and shown all over the world.
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Valentine typewriter
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Valentine typewriter, 1969
plas­tic, enam­eled steel, rubber
34 x 39 x 11 cm
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Memphis Tahiti Lamp
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Memphis Tahiti Lamp, 1981
Cap­tur­ing the spirit of the Mem­phis move­ment, the lamp is com­posed of metal, wood and lam­i­nate in the abstract form of a bird.
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Quello Che Sento from the Ruins series
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Quello Che Sento from the Ruins series, 1992
38 x 33 x 23 cm
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Sinerpica table lamp
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Sinerpica table lamp, 1978
Studio Alchimia
29½ h × 7½ w × 6¾ d in
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POLAR SIDE TABLE
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POLAR SIDE TABLE, 1984
MICHELE DE LUCCHI
27.56 x 15.75 in
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Don Table Lamp
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Don Table Lamp, 1977
Ettore Sottsass
17.33 x 5.91 in
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Halo Click I and Halo Click II table lamps
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Halo Click I and Halo Click II table lamps, 1988
Enam­eled alu­minum, plas­tic, enam­eled brass.
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Pedestal Perlione
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Pedestal Perlione, 1987
84 x 66 x 158 cm
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Valiglia table lamp
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Valiglia table lamp, 1977
Signed with decal manufacturer’s label to inte­rior.
36 x 23 x 37 cm
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Cucumber flower vase
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Cucumber flower vase, 1985
Mar­tine Bedin
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Vintage Oceanic Lamp
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Vintage Oceanic Lamp, 1980
Michele De Lucchi
29.5 x 38 in
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