Ettore Sottsass, ‘Deneb Glass Vase’, 1982, The Modern Archive
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Deneb Glass Vase’, 1982, The Modern Archive

Brand new in original crate.
Murano, a tiny island near Venice, has been the historic repository of Italy's glassmaking tradition, closed for centuries to protect its legendary techniques. Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanini collaborated with glassblowing masters to produce Memphis' first collection of glass as part of the 1982 Memphis Collection. The pieces were all named for star constellations, and required technical mastery far beyond their simple appearance. The hot formed glass perfectly captures the gesture of the original drawing, yet variations in the hand technique ensure each example is unique. Examples of Deneb are in the permanent collection of many international museums.

Signature: Signed E. Sottsass 1982 per Memphis on black glass base.

Image rights: The Modern Archive

Manufacturer: Memphis/Milano

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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

Solo Shows

2017
2014
Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea, 
Rome,
2010
New York,
Ettore Sottsass: Un Piccolo Omaggio a Mondrian

Group Shows

2017
stockholmmodern, 
Stockholm,
Public
2016
Erastudio Apartment Gallery, 
Milan,
2016
Cologne, Germany,
'Summer Exhibition'
2014
Erastudio Apartment Gallery, 
Milan,
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