Executed Design, May 1988: South Perspective (under construction), Daniel Wolf Residence, Ridgway, Colorado
Designer Ettore Sottsass Italian, born Austria
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Ettore Sottsass was a seminal figure in 20th century design, evolving over the course of his career from modernism to postmodernism. In his early career, he took a functionalist and rationalist approach to design. By the 1960s, however, he began to look beyond function to create objects imbued with symbolism, emotional appeal, and global and historical references. The Wolf house, one of only three designed by Sottsass in the United States, reflects his interest in basic geometric forms and color theory drawn from Bauhaus principles, basic elements of classical architecture, as well as a focus on complex structure and composition, often seen in his work for Memphis, the collective he established in the 1980s.