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Ettore Sottsass

Born in 1917, Innsbruck, Austria
Died in 2008, Milan, Italy

. graduated from Turin Polytechnic as an architect in 1939,
. started to practice architecture in Milan for Giuseppe Pagano group of architects in 1946,
. established his own office, The Studio in Milan in 1947,
. worked for George Nelson design office on The Experimental House in America in 1956,
. back in Italy, appointed as the Artistic director of Poltronova, involved in designing and production of lighting and furniture such as Mobili Grigi in 1957,
. became design consultant for Olivetti Electronics in 1958,
. awarded a Compasso d’Oro with the design of Elea 9003 main-frame computer in 1959,
. traveled to India and designed a series of ceramics with Eastern form inspirations in 1961,
. awarded a honorary degree by the Royal College of Arts in 1968,
. exhibited his portable and adaptable plastic shelters “House Environment” at the “Italy; The New Domestic Landscape” exhibition at New York Museum of Modern Art in 1972,
. while designing in his Modern style, he also created colorful and iconoclastic new style works influenced by 1950s popular design,
. founding member of Global Tools in 1973,
. a retrospective exhibition for his work organized by International Design Center in Berlin and shown in Venice, Paris, Barcelona, Jerusalem and Sydney in 1973,
. designed furniture for the collection of Studio Alchimia’s Bauhaus I collection in 1979,
. co-founder of Memphis group in 1981, which he describes Memphis design as the “New International Style”, and be the guiding light of it,
. co-founded Sottsass Associati design consultancy with Memphis collaborators Aldo Cibic, Matteo Thun and Marco Zanini in 1981,
. designed furniture, metalware, glassware for Memphis 1985, disbanded the group in 1988,
. Sottsass Associati designed several architectural works such as Maison Wolf in Rideway, Colorado (1987-1988); Esprit House, Wels-Austria (1987-1988); Bar Zibibbo, Fukuoka-Japan (1988); Maison Cei, Florence-Italy (1989-1992),
. his works exposed in a major retrospective exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1994,
. was a leading figure of Radical Design movement in 1970s,
. became the most important exponent of Post Modernism in design in 1980s,
. designed for Driade, Zanotta, Artemide, Design Gallery Milano, jewellery for Cleto Munari, metalware for Alessi and dinnerware for Swid Powell.

Famous Works:
Basilico ceramic teapot, 1969
Mobili Grigi, 1970 for Poltronova
Elea 9003 computer, 1959 for Olivetti
Cemamiche della Tenebre, 1963
Logos 27 calculator, 1963 for Olivetti
Tekne 3 typewriter, 1964 for Olivetti
Praxis 48 typewriter, 1964 for Olivetti
Offerta a Shiva series, 1964
Yantra, 1968
Tantra, 1969
The Valentine portable typewriter, 1969 (with Perry King) for Olivetti
Indian Memories, 1972
Synthesis 45 office chair, 1973 for Olivetti
Lexicon 90 electric typewriter, 1975 for Olivetti
Casablanca sideboard, 1981 for Memphis
Carlton case/shelf pieces, 1981 for Memphis
Murmansk fruit dish, 1982
Adesso Perro, 1992 for Design Gallery Milano
Senza Spieganzioni ceramic vase, 1992 for Design Gallery Milano
Westside armchair

Website(s):
- www.sottsass.it

Ettore Sottsass Products in Designpedia

Murmansk
[1980-1989]

Westside
[1980-1989]

Synthesis 45
[1970-1979]

Carlton
[1980-1989]

Valentine
[1960-1969]