Ettore Sottsass, ‘Moonlight Floor Lamp, Italy’, 1970s, Rago
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Moonlight Floor Lamp, Italy’, 1970s, Rago
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Moonlight Floor Lamp, Italy’, 1970s, Rago
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Moonlight Floor Lamp, Italy’, 1970s, Rago

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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,
View Artist's CV

About 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.