Postmodernism in Europe: Ettore Sottsass

Okay, can I just please say this??? I.LOVE.ETTORE.SOTTSASS’S.WORK. period. I just love the colors he incorporates in his designs and how unique and creative he is. I really want to have something of his. Seriously. Anyways before I get any further distracted…

Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer born on Sept. 14, 1917 in Austria (grew up in Milan) who specialized in furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting and office machine design. He studied architecture at Politecnico di Torino in Turin and graduated in 1939. Later he joined the Italian military during WW2 and then stayed in a concentration camp in Yugoslavia. He set up his own studio in Milan after he came back from the military in 1948 and a year later, Sottsass married Fernanda Pivano. In 1956, Sottsass began working for Olivetti where he designed typewriters, office equipement, and furniture. Later in 1970, Sottsass divorced and in 1976 he remarried Barbara Radice.

In 1980, Sottsass made a design consultancy called Sottsass Associati. They designed all kinds of stuff including identities for Alessi, exhibits, interiors, consumer electronic, stores, showrooms for Esprit, and furniture. He unfortunately died on December 31, 2007 at the age of 90.




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