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Early example of this important vase produced in 1982. This very piece traveled with the Memphis exhibition to most venues from Memphis, Tennessee to the Cooper Hewitt in New York. It was also displayed in the Grace Designs showroom and has remained in our founder's collection. Despite its active travel schedule, …

Medium
Signature
Signed MEMPHIS MADE IN ITALY BY TOSO VETRI D'ARTE on base.
Series
Early version in series - not numbered
Manufacturer
Memphis/Milano and Toso Vetri D'Arte
Image rights
The Modern Archive

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.

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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Sirio Glass Vase, 1982

Hand-blown multicolored glass
14 × 6 × 5 1/2 in
35.6 × 15.2 × 14 cm
Sold
Location
Easton

Early example of this important vase produced in 1982. This very piece traveled with the Memphis …

Medium
Signature
Signed MEMPHIS MADE IN ITALY BY TOSO VETRI D'ARTE on base.
Series
Early version in series - not numbered
Manufacturer
Memphis/Milano and Toso Vetri D'Arte
Image rights
The Modern Archive

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.

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