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, Italian (1917-2007) "Mizar" handblown glass vase, made by Toso Vetri d'Arte, Murano Italy, circa 1980 32 cm high, 29 cm diameter

Ettore Sottsass for Memphis, 'Deneb' goblet, clear, purple, blue, red, green and yellow glass. Etched mark E. Sottsass per Memphis, Milano. Height 21 cm

Nathalie du Pasquier Mali, 1981 manufactured by rainbow for Memphis, Italy; printed cotton. Width 100 cm x length 140 cm. together with Nathalie du Pasquier, Burundi, 1981, manufactured by rainbow for Memphis, Italy; printed cotton. Width 100 cm. Length 14

Ettore Sottsass Cuculo vase, 2003 yellow glass with a black incalmo rim and ceramic glazed in cinnabar red and matte white. Height 47cm longimited Edition 10/33. Includes a hard volume of 'Short Stories 2003' by Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass Sirio vase, 1982 manufactured for Memphis by Toso Vetri D'Arte, Italy; goblet form with three central discs and twin applied handles. Height 35 cm

Ettore Sottsass Deneb vase, 1982 manufactured for Memphis by Toso Vetri D'Arte, Italy; goblet form with three applied handles. Height 23 cm

Ettore Sottsass Altair vase, 1982 manufactured for Memphis by Toso Vetri D'Arte, Italy; baluster form with two applied handles. Height 44 cm

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