Ettore Sottsass, ‘Large vase, model no. 389-B’, ca. 1961, Phillips

Underside signed 389/IL.SESTANTE/SOTTSASS/ITALY.

Manufacturer: Bitossi for Galleria Il Sestante, Milan, Italy

Carlo Bestetti, Forme nuove in Italia, Rome, 1962, p. 46
Fulvio Ferrari, Ettore Sottsass tutta la ceramica, Turin, 1996, p. 90 fig. 343 for model no. 389-A (the same form in different colors)

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