Ettore Sottsass, ‘Freemont sideboard’, ca. 1985, Phillips
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Freemont sideboard’, ca. 1985, Phillips
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Freemont sideboard’, ca. 1985, Phillips

Produced by Memphis, Milan, Italy.

Signature: Inside with manufacturer's metal label printed with MEMPHIS/MILANO/ETTORE SOTTSASS/1985/MADE IN ITALY, each door hinge printed with MEMPHIS/MILANO.

Memphis Milano, sales catalogue, Milan, 1986, p. 4
Ugo La Pietra, "Milano 1985: Il Salone del Mobile," Domus, no. 668, January 1986, p. 57
Albrecht Bangert and Karl Michael Armer, 80s Style: Designs of the Decade, New York, 1990, fig. 4

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