Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

Two-Seat Sofa and Armchair, Ettore Sottsass, 1990s

US$5,212.79per set


These two-seat sofa and armchair are an original pieces of design furniture designed by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll in the 1980s. Made of metal and skai, with east side model, in black and dark green. Two-seat dimensions: cm 134 x 85 x 72. Armchair dimensions: cm 134 x 80. In very good conditions, except for minor fading on one of the sofa's arms. Ettore Sottsass (1917 in Innsbruck-2007 in Milan), one of the most influential and important figures of the last century. As an Architect and Designer, he has participated in all radical movements whether created from the 1970s and 1980s. In 1981 he founded the Memphis Group, a group that has radically changed the world design. Honored with international awards, winner of the Golden Compass in 1959. He designed the first laptop "Valentina" by Olivetti. This object is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any object in Italy created over 70 years ago by an artist, designer or craftsman who has died requires a license for export regardless of the work’s market price. The shipping may require additional handling days to require the license according to the final destination of the object.


  • Creator
    Ettore Sottsass (Designer),Knoll (Workshop/Studio)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.68 in. (83 cm)Width: 33.47 in. (85 cm)Depth: 28.35 in. (72 cm)Seat Height: 14.97 in. (38 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Minor fading. Insurance may be requested by customers as additional service, contact us for more information.
  • Seller Location
    Roma, IT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: M-1059761stDibs: LU2698318532972

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Rome, Italy
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer

Ettore Sottsass

An architect, industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, Ettore Sottsass led a revolution in the aesthetics and technology of modern design in the late 20th century.Sottsass was the oldest member of the Memphis Group — a design collective, formed in Milan in 1980, whose irreverent, spirited members included Alessandro Mendini, Michele de Lucchi, Michael Graves and Shiro Kuramata. All had grown disillusioned by the staid, black-and-brown “corporatized” modernism that had become endemic in the 1970s. Memphis (the name stemmed from the title of a Bob Dylan song) countered with bold, brash, colorful, yet quirkily minimal designs for furniture, glassware, ceramics and metalwork. They mocked high-status by building furniture with inexpensive materials such as plastic laminates, decorated to resemble exotic finishes such as animal skins. Their work was both functional and — as intended — shocking. Even as it preceded the Memphis Group's formal launch, Sottsass's iconic Ultrafragola mirror — in its conspicuously curved plastic shell and radical pops of pink neon — embodies many of the collective's postmodern ideals.Sottsass's most-recognized designs appeared in the first Memphis collection, issued in 1981 — notably the multihued, angular Carlton room divider and Casablanca bookcase. As pieces on 1stDibs demonstrate, however, Sottsass is at his most imaginative and expressive in smaller, secondary furnishings such as lamps and chandeliers, and in table pieces and glassware that have playful and sculptural qualities.It was as an artist that Ettore Sottsass was celebrated in his life, in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 2006, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art a year later. Even then Sottsass’s work prompted critical debate. And for a man whose greatest pleasure was in astonishing, delighting and ruffling feathers, perhaps there was no greater accolade. That the work remains so revolutionary and bold — that it breaks with convention so sharply it will never be considered mainstream — is a testament to his genius.
About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in Roma, Italy
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
Established in 2015
1stDibs seller since 2017
274 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 4 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Ettore Sottsass East Side Sofa
By Knoll, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Dronten, NL
East side sofa designed by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll International in 1983. Postmodern sofa with its original upholstery in nice vintage condition. The sofa features a gray enameled ...

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Sofas



Ettore Sottsass for Cassina Postmodern Sofa Model Danube in Red Fabric, 1990s
By Ettore Sottsass, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
Two-seater sofa Danube model for Cassina of 1992. Structure in black tubular iron powder coated, plywood panels. The fabric of the seat is original of the time covered in red fabric ...

1990s Italian Post-Modern Sofas



Ettore Sottsass Armchairs for Poltronova
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Ettore Sottsass, armchairs, mahogany, black bouclé, Poltronova, Italy, 1970s A simplistic yet very strong design in lines and proportions. Wonderful solid mahogany wood frame, whi...

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs


Bouclé, Mahogany

Organic three-seat Sofa with Two Armchairs, Japan 1965
By George Nakashima
Located in Den Haag, NL
Japanese organic sofa with two armchairs. Purchased by the previous owners in Japan in 1965. Very well crafted wood and spectacular in design. Measures: Sofa: 171cm width, 82cm hei...

Vintage 1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sofas


Upholstery, Wood

6 Ettore Sottsass Mandarin Chairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
A 1986 design by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll, the Mandarin chair consists of a flat rectangular seat cushion and flat rectangular seat back. Both with rounded corners and upholstered i...

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Armchairs



Ettore Sottsass Mandarin Chair for Knoll
By Ettore Sottsass, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Mandarin chair designed by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll in 1986, with black enameled steel legs, gray enameled steel arms, and painted blue leather seat and back.

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Armchairs



Lennart Bender rosewood Two-Seat Sofa and Armchair by Stjernmöbler, Sweden 1960s
By Lennart Bender
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Swedish solid rosewood two-seat sofa plus one armchair. These items are in original condition, can be sold as they are or fully restored, the price shown is in or...

Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sofas


Fabric, Rosewood

Set of Four Armchairs by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll Memphis Era
By Ettore Sottsass, Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice set of four Mandarin chairs designed by Sottsass for Knoll, in red fabric on foam black enameled tubular legs and silver pipping arms, simple and elegant by this master architect.

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Armchairs



The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery