This year Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007), one of the most influential and unconventional figures in twentieth-century design, would have been 100 years old. Throughout his career, Sottsass moved between disciplines, gaining renown with the designs for the office equipment manufacturer Olivetti, for his minimalist sculptural objects, for his poetic and as the leading figure of the Memphis design collective in the 1980s. Up until his death he has left behind a large amount of fascinating works that are represented through many objects in the collection of the Vitra Design Museum.
Image from the series »Metafore«, Pedrazzo. Photograph © Ettore Sottsass, courtesy of Studio Ettore Sottsass
The exhibition “Ettore Sottsass – Rebel and Poet” on July 13th at the Vitra Schaudepot, presents an overview of around 30 works of Ettore Sottsass. Among them we can find his furniture designs, consumer products, as well as photographs and writings. The exhibition pays tribute to an extraordinary designer that regarded design as an opportunity to explore the nature of human existence, and did not view form and function as constraints.