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Architect and designer Ettore Sottsass produced an expansive body of work that included furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting, and office design. He’s perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Memphis Group design collective, which came together in the 1980s. Twentieth-century movements such as Art Deco and Pop art informed Sottsass’s Memphis aesthetic, which embraced vibrant colors, geometric patterns, and a progressive spirit. Sottsass hoped to infuse vitality and an unpretentious sense of fun into people’s relationships with objects and built environments. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Turin before working as a design consultant at Olivetti (an Italian manufacturer then famous for its typewriters), where he began to hone his design philosophy. His work belongs in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2015
Ettore Sottsass 1955 - 1969Friedman Benda
2014
Ettore Sottsass - Smalti 1958Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea
2012
Ettore Sottsass: A Survey, 1992-2007Friedman Benda
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Arredoluce

Arredoluce was a small-scale lighting manufacturer founded by Angelo Lelli in postwar Italy, a hotbed of inventive industrial design. The company produced lamps and fixtures by several significant Italian designers, including brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni, whose Tubino desk lamp, released by Arredoluce in 1949, typified their ability to reduce designs to their most essential while maintaining sculptural appeal; made to accommodate a small fluorescent tube recently arrived on the Italian market, the lamp itself is only slightly larger than its bulb. Arredoluce would also produce lighting by Ettore Sottsass, though the company’s best-known designs, variations on a floor lamp with a slender column, pivoting arms that allowed for maximum flexibility of use, and enameled metal conical shades, is attributed to Lelli.

Exhibitions
2017
Portuondo at Collective Design 2017Portuondo
2013
Mondo Cane at Collective .1 Design Fair 2013Patrick Parrish Gallery
Arredoluce

Moonlight Floor Lamp, Italy, 1970s

Chromed Steel, Enameled Metal, Single Socket
74 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 10 1/2 in
189.2 × 26.7 × 26.7 cm
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Architect and designer Ettore Sottsass produced an expansive body of work that included furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting, and office design. He’s perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Memphis Group design collective, which came together in the 1980s. Twentieth-century movements such as Art Deco and Pop art informed Sottsass’s Memphis aesthetic, which embraced vibrant colors, geometric patterns, and a progressive spirit. Sottsass hoped to infuse vitality and an unpretentious sense of fun into people’s relationships with objects and built environments. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Turin before working as a design consultant at Olivetti (an Italian manufacturer then famous for its typewriters), where he began to hone his design philosophy. His work belongs in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
Arredoluce

Arredoluce was a small-scale lighting manufacturer founded by Angelo Lelli in postwar Italy, a hotbed of inventive industrial design. The company produced lamps and fixtures by several significant Italian designers, including brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni, whose Tubino desk lamp, released by Arredoluce in 1949, typified their ability to reduce designs to their most essential while maintaining sculptural appeal; made to accommodate a small fluorescent tube recently arrived on the Italian market, the lamp itself is only slightly larger than its bulb. Arredoluce would also produce lighting by Ettore Sottsass, though the company’s best-known designs, variations on a floor lamp with a slender column, pivoting arms that allowed for maximum flexibility of use, and enameled metal conical shades, is attributed to Lelli.

Exhibitions (2)
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