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Side Chair "Synthesis 45" Office Furniture System

Designer:
Ettore Sottsass (Italian (born Austria), Innsbruck 1917–2007 Milan)
Date:
1972
Medium:
Aluminum, steel, plastic, synthetic foam, synthetic fabric
Dimensions:
H. 30, D. 16-3/4, D. 17-1/2 in. (76.2 x 42.5 x 44.5 cm) Seat H. adjustable
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.386
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Sottsass began designing individual office equipment for Olivetti in 1959, though he eventually became interested in creating ideal, holistic work spaces. This pursuit led to the development of Synthesis 45, an integrated office furniture suite with more than one hundred components, including desks, cabinets, chairs, and divider screens. Basic units feature neutral hues with pops of color, like the vibrant yellow frame of this adjustable typist’s chair, red and blue side panels for office cubicles, and brightly colored desk accessories.
private collection (until 1987; their gift to MMA)

Hans Höger. Ettore Sottsass, Jun.: Designer, Artist, Architect. Tübingen, 1993, p. 41, pls. 45, 46.



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