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Ultrafragola Mirror
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Ultrafragola Mirror

About the Design

Most mirrors are meant to be looked in, but some are meant to be looked at. The Ultrafragola mirror by Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) is a classic example of the latter: It is hard to look away from its soft neon glow and sensuous curves, which resemble flowing wavy hair. As part of Sottsass’s “I Mobile Grigi” series for the third edition of the Eurodomus trade show, the Ultrafragola, which translates to “ultra strawberry” in Italian, was designed in 1970. It was a precursor to his best-known accomplishment: the 1981 founding of his design collective the Memphis Group (Milan, not Tennessee), which embraced Pop Art and exhibited a flashy unorthodox sensibility. The Ultrafragola embodies many of Memphis’s postmodern ideals. With its cheap plastic shell — made of vacuum-formed opaline acrylic — this playful and flamboyant piece challenged modernist design’s clean lines and austere shapes at the time.


Despite the Memphis Group’s spirited start, with its members experimenting radically with furniture, jewelry and more, it had a short life span. In 1985, Sottsass refused to be defined by a single design movement, so he left the group, which formally dissolved two years later. However, Italy’s Poltronova still manufactures the Ultrafragola mirror today. And it’s seeing a revival thanks to its made-for-social-media aesthetic and growing favor among celebrities and contemporary interior designers. Indeed, the Memphis style is having a beautiful, bold, neon-colored comeback.


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Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Madrid, ES
A colorful iconic mirror model "Ultrafragola" designed by Ettore Sottsass and edited by Poltronova. Made of white perplex structure with pink neon lamp inside and mirror. Made in Ita...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Steel

Ettore Sottsass Perplex and Pink Neon Lamp "Ultrafragola" Italian Mirror
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Madrid, ES
A colourful iconic mirror model "Ultrafragola" designed by Ettore Sottsass and edited by Poltronova. Made of white perplex structure with pink neon lamp inside and mirror. Made in It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Steel

Ettore Sottsass Ultrafragola Mirror Prod. Poltronova, Italy
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
This is "Ultrafragola" a nice mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass for "Poltronova" in the 1970. It is a translucent white plastic frame of undulating outline, concealing pink interna...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Plastic, Glass

Ultrafragola Mirror by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ultrafragola mirror (from Mobile Grigi series of designs.) Ettore Sottsass (Italian.) Original design: 1970, production 2019 Opaline plastic, mirror, pink neon light within, nicke...
Category

2010s Italian Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors

Materials

Acrylic, Mirror