Ettore Sottsass (Italian (born Austria), Innsbruck 1917–2007 Milan)
Formica, wood, glass
30 1/8 x 22 3/8 in. (76.5 x 56.8 cm)
Gift of Dr. Michael Sze, 2002
Not on view
Ettore Sottsass, one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, is also one of the most paradoxical. He has produced a wide range of objects from elegant to iconoclastic, including furniture, lighting, glassware and porcelains, metalwork, jewelry and hardware for a variety of manufacturers including industrial designs for the Olivetti Corporation in the late 1950s. As a founding member of the international group of like-minded designers who called themselves Memphis (1981-88) he designed non-conformist furniture, such as the Ivory table intended for the luxury market but produced of cheap plastic laminates rather than fine woods.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011, no catalogue.
Michael Collins. Towards Post-Modernism: Design Since 1851. London, 1987, p. 125.
Hans Höger. Ettore Sottsass, Jun.: Designer, Artist, Architect. Tübingen, 1993, p. 102.