Learn about Sottsass, Ettore

Ettore Sottsass, the most eminent designer of the 20th century, was born in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1917, and studied architecture in Turin, graduating in 1939.

During World War II he served in the Italian military, spending much of his time in a prisoner of war camp in Yugoslavia.

After returning home, he opened his first studio in Milan in 1947.

Ettore Sottsass become a creative consultant to Polotronova, a furniture manufacturer near Florence in 1957, and then worked as a design consultant for Olivetti from 1958 to 1980. He designed the Elea 9003 calculator and the popular portable red 'Valentine' typewriter, released on Valentine day 1970, and whose features included a carriage that dropped to the level of the keyboard and a storage case

In the 1970s, Ettore Sottsass was hired by Alessi and he designed various items for the company, such as cutlery, condiment sets, plates and other kitchen equipment. He also designed a vase and a decanter for Baccarat; several collections of tables and chairs for Knoll, and a number of silver-plated geometric design candlesticks for Swid Powel. more...
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Ettore Sottsass, Sirio vase, Italy c. 1982, coloured glass, incised signature 'Sottsass', for Memphis, Italy

Ettore Sottsass Tilia Compote, 1999 manufactured by Marutomi, Japan; moulded phenol resin in light orange and light grey. Height 10 cm. together with Ettore Sottsass, Tilia Compote, 1999, manufactured by Marutomi, Japan; moulded phenol resin in pale pink a

Ettore Sottsass 'Spool' vase, 2003 manufactured by Bitossi, Italy; white ceramic glazed in black and blue. diameter 30 cm

Ettore Sottsass Burma Totem, 2000 manufactured by Ead for Galleria Modernariato; matte and gloss glazed ceramic elements. Height 60 cm. Limited Edition 25/150

Ettore Sottsass Sarri Centro Tavola, 1986 manufactured by Alessi, Italy; white ceramic with one pierced side. Height 12.5 cm. Similar example in green in Fulvio Ferrari, 'Ettore Sottsass Tutta La Ceramica', page 184

Ettore Sottsass Spool vase, 2003 manufactured by Bitossi, Italy; white ceramic glazed in black and blue. diameter 30 cm

Ettore Sottsass Totem #1, 1996 manufactured by Bitossi, Italy; composed of eleven glazed ceramic elements. Height 51.5 cm

Ettore Sottsass Sarri Centro Tavola, 1986 manufactured by Alessi, Italy; white ceramic with one pierced side. Height 12.5 cm Similar example in green illustrated in Fulvio Ferrari, 'Ettore Sottsass Tutta La Ceramica', page 184

Ettore Sottsass Burma Totem, 2000 manufactured by Ead for Galleria Modernariato; matte and gloss glazed ceramic elements. Height 60cm longimited Edition 25/150

Ettore Sottsass Upupa vase, 2003 yellow glass and ceramic glazed in cinnabar red, fluorescent pink and matte white. Height 62.6cm longimited Edition 10/33. Includes a hard volume of 'Short Stories 2003' by Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass Merlo covered box, 2003 ceramic glazed in black and fluorescent yellow. Height 14.5cm longimited Edition 10/33. Includes a hard volume of 'Short Stories 2003' by Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass Picchio fruit bowl, 2003 ceramic glazed in gloss black, white and matte white length 35cm longimited Edition of 33 pieces and 3 Artist's Proofs.

Ettore Sottsass Ibis vase, 2003 laurel green glass and ceramic glazed in matte cobalt blue, glossy black and matte white. Height 47cm longimited Edition 10/33. Includes a hard volume of 'Short Stories 2003' by Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass Rochetto vase, designed 1958 manufactured by Bitossi, Italy; white ceramic decorated with black bands. Height 46 cm

Ettore Sottsass Alzata Piccola bowl, designed 1958 manufactured by Bitossi, Italy; white ceramic decorated with black bands. Height 18 cm

Ettore Sottsass Ruccola plate, 1985 manufactured by Memphis, Italy; white ceramic with a geometric relief and black glazed decoration. diameter 30 cm

Ettore Sottsass La Bella Tavola part dinner service, 1993 manufactured by Alessi, Italy; white ceramic with blue decoration, comprising two large plates, two small plates and two bowls. (6)

Ettore Sottsass Nilo vase, 1983 manufactured by Memphis, Italy; white porcelain glazed in pink and grey. Height 40 cm

Ettore Sottsass Tigris vase, 1983 manufactured by Memphis, Italy; white porcelain glazed in blue and black. Height 39 cm Minor manufacturing flaw

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