Ettore Sottsass, ‘Two vases, model no. 629, from the 'Onde' series’, ca. 1969, Phillips

Each: 29.2 x 9.8 x 10.3 cm (11 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 4 in.)
Manufactured by Società Ceramica Toscana, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana for Galleria Il Sestante, Milan, Italy. Each underside signed with SOTTSASS/IL SESTANTE/629/ITALY.

From the Catalogue:
Ettore Sottsass, Jr. was fascinated by the cultural significance of ceramics, their ancient history and daily domestic use. His wild and imaginative designs, free from the concern of technical realities, found a balancing counterpart in the pragmatic approach of Aldo Londi, the artistic director of the Bitossi ceramics factory. Together, Sottsass and Londi sought to create more than just passive ornaments but ceramics that would allow one to develop a more engaged relationship between the object and the artificial environment it is placed in. The group of ceramics offered here presents a myriad of textures, shapes, sizes, colours and reflects Sottsass’ desire to explore the infinite possibilities of modelling.
For his Tantra and Yantra ceramics series (see lot 117), Sottsass drew inspiration from mystical diagrams of the Indian philosophy. The sharp-edged and compacted designs of the Ceramiche a Colaggio (see lot 115 and 116) contrast the flowing sequence of ripples in the Onde series (see lot 113). Ettore Sottsass, Jr. extended the limits of expression for future generations of architects and designers whilst creating some of the finest ceramics of the twentieth century.
Courtesy of Phillips

Fernanda Pivano, 'Ettore Sottsass, Ceramiche dal 1955 al 1970', Domus, no. 749, May 1993, p. 72
Fulvio Ferrari, Ettore Sottsass Tutta la Ceramica, Turin, 1996, p. 166, fig. 749

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

Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea, 
New York,
Ettore Sottsass: Un Piccolo Omaggio a Mondrian

Group Shows

Open Air Modern, 
October Additions
Erastudio Apartment Gallery, 
Cologne, Germany,
'Summer Exhibition'
Erastudio Apartment Gallery, 
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