10 years with ettore sottsass 10 years with ettore sottsass
aug 27, 2009

10 years with ettore sottsass


’10 years with ettore’ was a celebration of the projects of ettore sottsass which he designed in the last ten years of his life. each object and piece of furniture ettore produced had its own story and origin, realized in a particular moment for a precise reason. held at the galleria clio calvi rudy volpi, the pieces on show each addressed the intellectual motives and sentiments which sottsass expressed through his work. for sottsass design was about communicating an emotion while having fun doing it -experiencing moments of enthusiasm and joy. hence, works like ‘foresta’ and ‘akub’ are not just a desk and a cabinet. they make room for dreaming and something more than their obvious function. some of the projects on show have remained prototypes until now.

‘we think it is important, to hand down the memory of sottsass especially as a person, hoping to transmit to those with the sensitivity to understand, the spirit of the man who taught us
and left us freedom, curiosity and generosity. the talent is his.’CC & RV

‘divano’ (sofa) in the ‘stanza del nomade, 2005’
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left: ‘piantana’ – halogen floor lamp in zera wood and base in burnished steel
middle: ‘divano’ (sofa)
right: prototype wardrobe with side drawers in the mirror, made from cork and slate
all for ‘stanza del nomade’, 2005
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centre: ‘scrittoio-libreria’ (desk-bookcase) and right: ‘piantana’ in ‘stanza del nomade’, 2005
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‘libreria’ (library), 2005
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left: ‘lampada, 1999’ and right: ‘akub’, 2003
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‘akub’, 2003
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‘lampada’, 1999
lead glass windows with wooden base
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top: ‘solo’, 1999 (leaded glass and wood)
bottom: ‘colonna’, 2001 – column with maple floor and mahogany structure (47x47cm, h. 110cm)
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‘tavolo 2001’
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‘tavolo 2007’
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‘mobile a ventisette cassetti’ (mobile to twenty-seven drawers), 2001
maple stained in three colors with lacquered feet
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the salone of galleria clio calvi rudy volpi
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‘architettura romantica’
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‘architettura romantica’
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‘foresta’, 2002
wood sides, laminated glass, lacquered aluminium, glass shelf with cylinders in black lacquered wood,
rods in white lacquered metal
200x100cm, h. 166.5cm
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‘tavolini con cristallo verde e blu’ (tables with green crystal and blue crystal), 2001
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general view of the exhibition with ‘serigrafie’ on the wall, ‘tavolini’ and ‘foresta’
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‘serigrafie’ and ‘tavolini’
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‘sto meditando non toccatemi’,
‘la mia anima’,
‘guardo il mare’, 2007
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‘sto meditando non toccatemi’ (I’m contemplating…do not touch me), 2007
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‘la mia anima’ (my soul), 2007
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‘guardo il mare’ (look at the sea), 2007
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‘souvenir – metatlli’, 2006
black ceramic, acrylic, silver, steel, copper, lead
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‘souvenir – natura’, 2006
black ceramic, acrylic, silver glass
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‘souvenir – architettura’, 2006
black ceramic, acrylic, wood
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  • Really? This seems like something a 1980’s teenager had to do for a design project. “Bright colors, strong geometry, random structure. That’s modern, right?” Like the stuff that Paris Hilton’s sister’s hotel her friend designed. Maybe it’s because it’s pseudo Memphis style, which I’m not in love with, but even then this would be bad Memphis.

    therris says:
  • Dear Mr. Therris,

    Are you sure you know what you are talking about ?

    MisterPiù says:

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