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

US$5,212.79per set

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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.

Details

  • 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
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980s
  • 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

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    Ships From: Rome, Italy
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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.
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