Ettore Sottsass (Italian (born Austria), Innsbruck 1917–2007 Milan)
Formica, wood, glass
H. 39-3/4 x Dia. 24 in. (101 x 61 cm) b: Glass top; Dia.19-1/2 x Thickness 1/4 in. (49.5 x 0.6 cm)
Gift of Dr. Michael Sze, 2002
Not on view
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."
Dr. Michael Sze, North Bend, Ore. (until 2002; his gift to MMA)
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. 126, fig. 132.