Designer: Ettore Sottsass, 1917 - 2007
From: Born in Innsbruck, Austria but grew up in Milan, Italy.
Ettore Sottsass' designs are quite intensely unique, but they're also surprisingly clever, deep and an inspiration for many design movements that came after him. They also happen to be remarkably recognizable due to the incredibly bold, jarring design elements that make his work so fun. Seemingly shallow, Ettore was known for using color, shape and material to create strong emotions in the viewers of his furniture design and architecture.
Quote: "When I began designing machines I also began to think that these objects, which sit next to each other and around people, can influence not only physical conditions but also emotions. They can touch the nerves, the blood, the muscles, the eyes and the moods of people."
Attended: Politecnico di Torino in Turin. Graduated in 1939 with a degree in architecture.
Known for: Fluorescent/neon colors. Glossy, slick surfaces. Odd, angled and lop-sided shapes. Laminate patterns with high contrasts and squiggle shapes. Basically the 1980s in furniture/design form. Post-modernism design and arts to the max. Powerful architecture. Industrial design.
Representative Pieces Shown Above: (left to right, top to bottom)
2) Set of Two Multi Colored Laminated Cubes
3) Pair Ettore Sottsass "Mandarin" Chairs for Knoll International
4) A "Tahiti" Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis
5) Mirror by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia
7) Ettore Sottsass Glass Centerpiece
8) A Memphis ''Don'' Desk Lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass
9) Memphis Porcelain Nilo Vase
10) Unique Stool
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Images: Ettore Sottsass on 1stdibs