A sad ending to the year 2007 for the world of design. Ettore Sottsass left us this Monday. A giant of Italian design, theorist, architect, photographer, etc. The contribution of Sottsass to the history of design certainly goes beyond his participation in the Memphis movement which, although it was important, was only one of the aspects of his work. His simple and strong formal language which fed on all cultures of the world will leave an indelible mark in our minds. He was ninety years old and worked right until the end of his life.
Here is a video from the Design Museum London recalling a part of Ettore Sottsass' work.