Happy Birthday Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass, one of the names that shaped the Italian design identity and was one of the most important avant-gardes of the 20th century, who left a significant mark in the history of design worldwide, was born on September 14, 1917. Sottsass, who passed away in 2007, has worked as an architect, industrial product designer and design philosopher throughout his long professional life.

Ettore Sottsass’s long career, with hundreds of projects, continued from 1939, working with famous Italian companies such as Poltranova, Olivetti and Alessi, and in his own design studio that he founded in 1945. With the desire of adding another commodity to the daily life objects, the Italian designer founded the Memphis group in 1980, which has a very important place in design history. With Memphis, he brought out his works, in which he used various materials such as aluminum, ceramics, wood, glass and showed the most assertive color preferences.

Stating that he was inspired by Art Deco, Pop-Art and Japanese Postmodernism in his works, Sottsass mentioned that he tried to “break the static structure that people understand from design and stay outside the structure that he defines as the hierarchical-bureaucratic structures of the industry.”

The glossy plastic ‘cult’ Valentine typewriter designed for Olivetti and the Mobili Grigi lamp can be listed among the top of the Sottsass designs that we all remember.

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