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Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass Jr, was born in Innsbruck in 1917 by a homonymous father and an austrian mother. In 1939 he graduated in architecture at the Politecnico di Torino. Architect, designer and photographer, Sottsass was among the most influential figures of radical design. In 1957 he became Art Director for the brand Poltronova, creating some of their iconic pieces such as the Ultrafragola mirror. In 1981 he founded the Memphis group, an italian design and architecture collective distinguished by the use of bright colors and eccentric geometrical figures.

The projects by Ettore Sottsass have a core of strong irony and social criticism. Authentic radical design icons.

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"I am an architect, therefore I usually take pictures of subjects related to the architecture or the city."
At the beginning of the 80’s, he founded in Milan the studio Sottsass Associati with Aldo Cibic, Matteo Thun, Marco Zanini and Marco Marabelli. Ettore Sottsass won three Compassi d'Oro (1959; 1970; 1989). Among his most famous projects are the typewriter Valentine for Olivetti, designed with Perry King, the Specchi di Dionisio mirror collection for Glas Italia, the Shiva vase made of pink ceramics for Barcelona Design. He worked with other important brands such as Artemide, Venini and Alessi.
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