Ettore Sottsass, ‘Coffee table’, 1984, Phillips

In 1984 the computer industry pioneer (and later film producer) Max Palevsky hired Ettore Sottsass, Jr. to renovate the interiors of his Spanish-style home in Malibu. The present coffee table was custom-designed for this commission.

No Reserve (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Manufacturer: Sottsass Associati, Milan, Italy

Aaron Betsky, Three California Houses: The Homes of Max Palevsky, New York, 2002 for a discussion of the house

Max Palevsky, Malibu, California
Los Angeles Modern Auctions, California, "Modern Art and Design," March 6, 2011, lot 53

About Ettore Sottsass

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.

Italian, 1917-2007, Innsbruck, Austria, based in Milan, Italy