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Ettore Sottsass

Product design
13 Feb 2015
Ettore Sottsass

In 1956, he worked in George Nelson's studio in New York and created anti-design furniture for Poltronova. In 1958, he started collaborating with Olivetti ("Praxis" and "Valentine" typewriters and "Systema 45" office system). In the early sixties, he returned very ill from a trip in the East and began a series of ceramics. In the seventies, he founded "Global Tools" with Andrea Branzi, Gaetano Pesce and Alessandro Mendini among others. He also collaborated intensively with Alessi. In 1980, he founded "Sottsass Associati" with Aldo Cibic, Matteo Thun and Marco Zanini. And one year later he initiated "Memphis", a group of international designers, which he left in 1985. He then concentrated mostly on architecture.

1917 - Innsbruck (A)

Sottsass Associati E.E.I.G.
Via Melone, 2
20121 Milano IT

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Take a glimpse inside the archive of the founder of the Memphis Group and designer of the Olivetti Valentine typewriter in Ettore Sottsass, a lavishly illustrated monograph chronicling the life and works of the unparalleled Italian designer and architect. A gorgeous object in itself, the unique design of the book allows it to either be read cover–to–cover as a narrative history, or by discipline, picking up the relative thread under each period, with multi–colored tabs to distinguish each sub–chapter...