Ettore Sottsass. Rebel and Poet

July 14 - September 24, 2017

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

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This year he would have celebrated his 100th birthday: the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was one of the most influential yet unconventional personalities in 20th-century design. He gained renown with products such as the legendary »Valentine« typewriter (1969) for Olivetti, and as head of the creative collective Memphis, whose work revolutionized the realm of design in the 1980s. This exhibition highlights the multifaceted talents and activities of a great designer who did not view form and function as constraints, but rather as an opportunity to pose existential questions and explore the fundamental nature of human existence.

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