ETTORE SOTTSASS
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Stereo Cabinet No. 1, 1994
Wood and Steel
87 1/4 x 59 x 40 1/4 inches
221.6 x 149.9 x 102.2 cm
Edition of 6

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“I have tried as best as I can to gather together the terms of a new vitality and, where and how I was able, to collect the shapes, colours and symbols that could represent the change in the images of this century from an intellectual organization to a reality that must be lived, to a kind of pure and vital energy.“
-- Ettore Sottsass, Domus Magazine, 1963

 

One of the most significant counter-forces to modernism in design history, Ettore Sottsass made monumental artistic contributions to every decade of his working life since starting his practice in the late 1940’s.  His career produced a provocative body of work, including architecture, furniture, industrial design, glass, ceramics, painting, photography and a wealth of writings.

 

For Sottsass, creating a lexicon of design that incorporated emotive, sensorial and humanist concerns was a rebellion against post-war rationalist architecture that valued function over form, and left human nature largely out of the architectural equation. He was moved by the subjective gesture of American Abstract Expressionist painting and the direct resonance of Pop Art. He also looked to ancient eastern cultures for examples of how to create a spiritual connection between form and meaning. A central concern of much of Sottsass’ work is the social, cultural and technical implications of architecture and design on the way people live and interact. Always counterintuitive and built on complex thought-patterns, the notion that a functional object could communicate an abstract idea was revolutionary and has emboldened legions of designers today.

 

Sottsass’ work can be found in the permanent collections of international museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Design Museum, London, England; the Design Museum, Ghent, Belgium; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal, Canada; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Pinakothek der moderne, Munich, Germany; the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.
 

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May 4 - June 10, 2017
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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Curated by Glenn Adamson
January 10 - February 11, 2017
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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September 10 - October 17, 2015
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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Galerie Azzedine Alaïa
May 15 - 25, 2014
Paris, France
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June 18 - August 10, 2012
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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January 19 - February 14, 2012
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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November 4 - December 18, 2010
Friedman Benda, New York
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November 5 - December 19, 2009
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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Archetypes 1965 - 1995
May 1 - June 21, 2008
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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February 23 - March 31, 2008
Friedman Benda and Demisch Danant, New York, NY
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New Works: 2005 - 2007
September 19 - October 27, 2007
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
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Artists' Artists: Best of 2017
Artforum
December 2017
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Cent’anni sul pianeta Sottsass. A Milano
Artribune
September 17, 2017
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Ettore Sottsass, filosofo
IL Magazine
September 15, 2017
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7 Creatives on Ettore Sottsass, the Genius Who Designed the '80s
CNN
August 31, 2017
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Lionizing Ettore Sottsass as a Postmodern Maestro
1st Dibs: Introspective Magazine
August 21, 2017
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From Furniture to Jewellery, Ettore Sottsass’ Revolutionary Legacy is an Eclectic One
Wallpaper*
July 27, 2017
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A Polymathic Italian Designer, With Muses and Friends
The New York Times
July 26, 2017
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Met Breuer Contextualises Ettore Sottsass' Colourful Designs
dezeen
July 25, 2017
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'Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical' Review: A Cosmopolitan Creator
The Wall Street Journal
July 25, 2017
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Ettore Sottsass's Impertinent Genius
The New Yorker
July 24, 2017
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This One Man Colored the 1980s in Pastel
Bloomberg Businessweek
July 24, 2017
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Explore the Genius of Design Pioneer Ettore Sottsass in His Breathtaking Retrospective
Artnet News
July 24, 2017
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This Architect's Radical Works Have Blurred
Architectural Digest India
July 24, 2017
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It's Sottsass World, and We're Just Living In It
La Stampa
July 17, 2017
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Vitra Celebrates Ettore Sottsass' Legacy as a Design Rebel, Poet, and Photographer
Wallpaper*
July 20, 2017
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Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical
daniellaondesign.com
July 19, 2017
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What You Need to Know about Memphis Design Pioneer Ettore Sottsass
July 17, 2017
Artsy Editorial
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On View: Contradictions of Designer-Architect Ettore Sottsass
Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2017
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Ettore Sottsass Exhibition to Open at The Met Breuer
Architect Magazine
July 6, 2017
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See the 10 Hottest Objects at This Year's Design Miami/ Basel
Artnet News
June 16, 2017
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Highlights from Design Miami/Basel 2017
Galerie Magazine
June 15, 2017
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The Importance of Being Ettore Sottsass
The Art Newspaper
June 15, 2017
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Highlights from Design Miami/Basel
The Telegraph
June 12, 2017
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Beyond Memphis
Architectural Digest
June 2017
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Friedman Benda at Design Miami/ Basel 2017
Blouin Artinfo
May 22, 2017
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Shifting Objectives: Design From the M+ Collection
Art Asia Pacific
May/June 2017
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Ettore Sottsass, la passion de la céramique
Architectural Digest
April/May 2017
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Best Collection
Wallpaper
February 2016
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The Collector's Edit: 15 Rooms With Artfully Displayed Collections
1stdibs
January 6, 2016
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Ettore Sottsass
Artforum
January 2016
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Reviews in Brief: Ettore Sottsass
Modern Painters
December 2015
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3 Unsung, Pre-Memphis Designs From Ettore Sottsass
Fast Co.Design
October 1, 2015
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Crasign? Deraft? At Friedman Benda, Ettore Sottsass Makes a Design-Craft Hybrid
Artnet News
October 8, 2015
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Ettore Sottsass: 1955-1969
area
October 2, 2015
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Friedman Benda Advances Design
Introspective Magazine
September 28, 2015
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23 Amazing Art Exhibitions In America
The Culture Trip
Fall 2015
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The Pure and Personal Modernism of Ettore Sottsass: A Conversation with Jim Walrod
The Line
September 18, 2015
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8 Great Design Shows for Fall 2015
artnet news
September 8, 2015
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A Landmark Show Examines Ceramics by Ettore Sottsass
Modern Magazine
Fall 2015
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Beyond Design
Blouin Art + Auction
September 2015
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On the Prowl: Design and Art Dealer Marc Benda on Ferreting Out the Distinctive
Cultured Magazine
Fall 2015
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Rare Works from Ettore Sottsass at Friedman Benda
Woman Around Town
September 19, 2015
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Early Show: A New York Exhibition Celebrates Sottsass' pre-Memphis Moves
Wallpaper
October 2015
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5 Must-See Gallery Shows in New York: Ron Nagle, Keegan McHargue, and More
Blouin Artinfo
September 21, 2015
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The Beginning of Greatness
We Heart
September 2015
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New York Exhibition Examines the pre-Memphis work of Ettore Sottsass
Dezeen Magazine
September 11, 2015
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Gallery Showcases Rare Ettore Sottsass Designs
The Wall Street Journal
September 9, 2015
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Exhibit "Ettore Sottsass: 1955-1969"
Surface Magazine
September 2015
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50 Must-See Fall Exhibitions
ARTSY
August 25, 21015
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In NY, Early Works by Ettore Sottsass
Architects + Artisans
June 04, 2015
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Why a Once Hated Design Movement Is Making A Comeback
Gizmodo
July 11, 2014
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A New Monograph Highlights the Prolific Career of Architect and Designer Ettore Sottsass
Architectural Digest
June 4. 2014
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Memphis revival: the 1980s design movement gains fresh momentum with new shows and fashion collections
Wallpaper
May 21, 2014
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Ettore Sottsass: the godfather of Italian cool
The Guardian
May 17, 2014
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The Highs of Salon: Art + Design, From Art Deco to the Aztecs
Blouin ArtInfo,
November 15, 2013
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In Residence: Jean Pigozzi
NOWNESS,
July 29, 2013
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Ettore Sottsass: 1992-2007 at Friedman Benda
Dezeen,
June 23, 2012
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Munari Signature Jewelry
tl.mag,
April, May, June 2012
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Curator's Eye
Modern Magazine,
Spring 2012
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The High Road
Modern Magazine,
Spring 2012
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The Insider: Lorry Dudley
Modern
Summer 2011
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Kuramata, Sottsass: the importance of dreams and love
domus,
February 3, 2011
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This is Not A Love Song
Frieze Magazine,
February 12, 2008
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Elder Statesman of Italian Design
Architectural Record,
January 10, 2008
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Il re del Made in ItalyIl Tempo
Il Tempo,
January 2, 2008
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Il mondo colorato di Sottsass
Il Sole,
January 2, 2008
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Il mondo di Sottsass genio ed eccesso Corriere della Sera
Corriere della Sera,
January 2, 2008
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Ettore Sottsass, Born 14 September 1917, Innsbruck, Died 31 December 2007 Milan
January, 2008
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Molto Mario
Times Style Magazine,
Fall, 2008
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Ettore Sottsass at Friedman Benda: Still a Rebel at 90
Miami Home,
October, 2007
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What We're Seeing
House and Garden,
October, 2007
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Next Train to Memphis?
I.D.,
September, 2007
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Ettore Sottsass: A Life in Colour
ICON,
April, 2007
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Goin back to Memphis
New York Times Style Magazine,
Fall, 2007
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Ettore Sottsass Interview Wallpaper
Wallpaper,
August, 2006
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Ettore Sottsass: Redefining Modernity Modernism Magazine
Modernism Magazine,
Spring, 2006
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A Man Who Could Find Passion in a Typewriter
The New York Times,
April 2, 2006
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From Milan to LACMA - Ettore Sottsass
Antiques And The Arts Weekly,
March 17, 2006
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Ettore Sottsass, Ritratti di Coppia, Portraits of Paris
domus,
January 2006
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Ettore Sottsass at Barry Friedman
Art in America
March, 2005
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Bird House
Weekend L'Express
2003
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Master Mind
Metropolitan Home
November, 2000