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 Memphis mirror, Couloured laminate with chrome piping, all faults. Missing side piece of laminate, (signed Sottsass 83), Italy, c 1983

Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917-2007), Tahiti lamp, designed 1981, manufactured by Memphis Milano, Italy, enamelled metal and plastic laminate, retains decal label 'Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass, 1981', height 68 cm, labels: Charlotte and Peter Fi

Ettore Sottsass 'Mimosa' occasional table for Memphis Milano, Laminate and glass, 42 cm high, 42 cm wide, 42 cm deep, c1980s, Italy

Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917-2007). 'Alfiere' etagere, designed 1980 for Memphis, manufactured by Zanotta, Italy, the tapered red briar back with two demilune laminated shelves and a tubular metal support, resting on a red marble base

Ettore Sottsass for Memphis. A good mid -1980s Mizar glass vase multi coloured blown glass signed to the base. Height 33 cm 

Ettore Sottsass for Memphis, 'Bay Lamp' design in glass, aluminium and plexiglass. Originally designed in 1983. Height 50 cm

Ettore Sottsass, Le Strutture Tulmano, c. 1979, laminate over pressboard, enameled steel, enameled aluminium, glass, Memphis for Studio Alchimia. Height 117 cm glass top length 61 cm. Depth 61 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

Ettore Sottsass, Memphis 'Deneb' glass goblet, designed 1982, the bowl of blue glass with three applied loop handles in varying colours, the stem clear, on a deep purple circular foot, signed underside. Height 20 cm

Sottsass Associati Lipari table manufactured by Zanotta, Italy; circular Abet print laminate top with steam bent beech edge supported by an anthracite ceramic base

Ettore Sottsass Mimosa side table, 1984 manufactured by Memphis, Italy; cube shaped decorated with pastel plastic laminate and a glass top. Height 42 cm

Ettore Sottsass Euphrates vase, 1983 manufactured by Memphis, Italy; white porcelain glazed in yellow and black. Height 40 cm

Sottsass Associati Lipari table, manufactured by Zanotta, Italy; circular Abet print laminate top with steam bent beech edge supported by an anthracite ceramic base

Ettore Sottsass Mimosa side table, 1984 manufactured by Memphis, Italy; cube shaped decorated with pastel plastic laminate and a glass top. Height 42 cm

Ettore Sottsass Westside chair, 1983 manufactured by Knoll; back, arms and seat upholstered in wool resting on simulated ivory legs

Ettore Sottsass Diva mirror, 1984 manufactured by Memphis, Italy; rectangular mirror flanked by triangular mounts decorated with plastic laminate and surmounted with disc finials. Height 108 cm

Ettore Sottsass Teodora Chair, 1983 manufactured by Vitra; shaped acrylic back and frame decorated with Craquele laminate by Nathalie du Pasquier

Ettore Sottsass Alfiere Etagere, 1980 manufactured by Zanotta, Italy; the tapered red briar back with two demilune laminated shelves and a tubular metal support resting on a red marble base. No longer in production

Ettore Sottsass Mandarin chair, 1983 manufactured by Knoll; grey leather back and seat, red tubular metal arms and black tubular legs.

Ettore Sottsass, ivory pedestal, 1985 manufactured by Memphis, Italy; a circular glass top supported by a trefoil pillar decorated with veneer and plastic laminate resting on a circular metal base. Height 100 cm

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