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Ettore Sottsass

Italian, 1917–2007

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Ettore Sottsass

Italian, 1917–2007

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An Italian architect and designer known for his large oeuvre including furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting, and office design, Ettore Sottsass was also the founder in the early 1980s of the Memphis Group. Drawing inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, Memphis produced and exhibited furniture and objects that were vibrant in color and futuristic in design. Sottsass’ own work was known for its variety, oftentimes incorporating playfulness through ornamentation and color. His Olivetti typewriter (1969), one of his most celebrated designs, made of bright red-orange plastic, was a Pop phenom in both its functionality and innovative design. His architecture and design career spanned many decades and styles.

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Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Biography

An Italian architect and designer known for his large oeuvre including furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting, and office design, Ettore Sottsass was also the founder in the early 1980s of the Memphis Group. Drawing inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, Memphis produced and exhibited furniture and objects that were vibrant in color and futuristic in design. Sottsass’ own work was known for its variety, oftentimes incorporating playfulness through ornamentation and color. His Olivetti typewriter (1969), one of his most celebrated designs, made of bright red-orange plastic, was a Pop phenom in both its functionality and innovative design. His architecture and design career spanned many decades and styles.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Ettore Sottsass
The 25 People Who Defined Visual Culture This Year
Dec 22nd, 2017
The 25 People Who Defined Visual Culture This Year
How a Revolution in “Ugly” Design Is Upending Conventions of Beauty
Sep 6th, 2017
How a Revolution in “Ugly” Design Is Upending Conventions of Beauty
What You Need to Know about Design Icon Ettore Sottsass
Jul 17th, 2017
What You Need to Know about Design Icon Ettore Sottsass
Galerie Yves Gastou Recreates its Legendary Ettore Sottsass Façade at PAD Paris
Mar 24th, 2015
Galerie Yves Gastou Recreates its Legendary Ettore Sottsass Façade at PAD Paris
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