"Ivory" Table

Designer Ettore Sottsass Italian, born Austria
Manufacturer Memphis Milano Italian

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The title of this table captures the irony and playfulness that pervades Memphis furniture. While ivory connotes purity and preciousness, this table is a riot of color and pattern, constructed of inexpensive materials. Sottsass’s partner and biographer, Barbara Radice, notes that color is intrinsic to Memphis design, that it "works as an enzyme to catalyze chemical reactions, it generates nervous impulses that open new doors of logic in the brain."

"Ivory" Table, Ettore Sottsass (Italian (born Austria), Innsbruck 1917–2007 Milan), Formica, wood, glass

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