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Ettore Sottsass


Ultimate monograph on influential Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass


Philippe Thomé


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  • A comprehensive, lavishly illustrated monograph on Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007), the iconic Italian architect and designer
  • Sottsass, a defining figure in the Postmodernist movement, is best known for founding the Memphis Group and designing the Olivetti ‘Valentine’ typewriter
  • This in-depth look at Sottsass dedicates each chapter to a period in his career, exploring the major disciplines he pursued at that time, from furniture and graphic design to photography, ceramics and architecture
  • A uniquely designed package allows for the book to be read either cover-to-cover as a chronological history, or by discipline, picking up the relative thread under each period, with special coloured tabs to distinguish each sub-chapter

Richly illustrated with never-before-published biographical photographs from the Sottsass archives, the book includes a section showcasing the best of his countless drawings and sketches.

Perhaps best known as the founder of the Memphis Group in the 1980s – famous for its colourful and flamboyant furniture, ceramics and lithgting pieces – Sottsass started his career working as a design consultant for Olivetti. He traveled extensively, particularly in the United States where he found a lot of inspiration.

He is quoted as once having said: "When I was young, all we ever heard about was functionalism, functionalism, functionalism. It’s not enough. Design should also be sensual and exciting." This playfulness certainly comes across in his work. Packed with beautiful images taken from the Sottsass archives, many of which have never been published before and including drawings and sketches from the designer’s countless sketchbooks, this book looks at his entire career.

Text by Philippe Thome – an expert on Sottsass’ work – is ordered chronologically and split into periods, each containing sections on the main disciplines that Sottsass pursued in that period along with biographical material. For example, the 1945 -1949 chapter opens with a biography section followed by texts on sculpture/painting, architecture, interior/furniture, installations and graphic design.

The book is structured according to the narrative text which takes a chronological route through Sottsass’ career, and is broken down into periods, opening with a biographical section and then exploring the disciplines that were most relevant in that period. The book can either be read cover-to-cover as a narrative history, or by discipline, picking up the relative thread under each period.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 320 x 230 mm, (12 5/8 x 9 in)
Pages: 500 pp
Illustrations: 800 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714865843
  ["Sottsass"] has a quirky sculptural presence all its own and comes in a very Sottsass pistachio ice cream cover (with blink-making zebra stripe endpapers). Here is a suitable memorial to an exceptional life: eclectic, serious and detailed as well as delightful, surprising, and utterly inspiring. The production is faultless, and superlative pictures illustrate, both precisely and anecdotally, the vast range of Sottsass's work: buildings, furniture, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, graphics, office equipment.
- The Spectator (UK)

I have been obsessed with the Italian architect and designer Sottsass and the Memphis Group he found all my life. I love everything about Sottsass's work - it's modern, optimistic, humorous, functional and intelligent. The designs in this book make me feel proud to be Italian.
- Donatella Versace
 
Philippe Thomé was born in Geneva in 1951. In 1991, he was awarded a Doctor of Letters by the University of Geneva, having written his thesis on the work of Ettore Sottsass. He taught history of art at the universities of Geneva and Lausanne, and history of architecture and design at ECAL (School of Art and Design, Lausanne). He currently works as an independent researcher.

   
Contents and sections:

The Road to Memphis
Francesca Picchi
The Architecture of Memory
Deyan Sudjic
Flatland
Emily King
The Cigarette Behind Kerouac
Francesco Zanot

1917-1939 Biography

1939-1944 Biography
  • Photography
1944-1949 Biography
  • Sculpture/Painting
  • Architecture
  • Furniture
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Graphic Design/Publications
1949-1954 Biography
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture/Painting
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Industrial/Product Design
  • Photography
1954-1960 Biography
  • Furniture
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Industrial/Product Design
  • Ceramics/Glass
1960-1965 Biography
  • Graphic Design/Publications
  • Ceramics/Glass
  • Sculpture/Painting
  • Furniture
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Industrial/Product Design
  • Architecture


  1965-1972 Biography
  • Furniture
  • Industrial/Product Design
  • Jewellery
  • Ceramics/Glass
  • Graphic Design/Publications
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Architecture
1972-1976 Biography
  • Photography
  • Industrial/Product Design
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Furniture
  • Graphic Design/Publications
1976-1980 Biography
  • Architecture
  • Furniture
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
1980-1985 Biography
  • Furniture
  • Industrial/Product Design
  • Ceramics/Glass
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Architecture
1985-1994 Biography
  • Graphic Design/Publications
  • Architecture
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Furniture
  • Industrial/Product Design
  • Ceramics/Glass
  • Jewellery
1994-2007
  • Architecture
  • Furniture
  • Industrial/Product Design
  • Ceramics/Glass
  • Interior/Exhibition Design
  • Photography
 





 
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