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Ettore Sottsass Exhibition

Ettore Sottsass Exhibition

Phillips de Pury & Company, in collaboration with Barry Friedman Ltd., is delighted to present an exhibition of work by the innovative and highly celebrated Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass. This exhibition focuses on Ettore Sottsass’ designs from the last ten years and includes furniture, ceramics, and glass.

Exhibition Location:

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Phillips, de Pury & Company
450 West 15 Street
New York NY 10011
Phone: 212 940 1256

Exhibition Schedule:
March 4 - 24, 2006
Mon - Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12pm-5pm

Ettore Sottsass has been widely exhibited in prestigious museums including Chicago Art Institute, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Denver Art Museum. His works are in the permanent collection of numerous museums worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Centre Georges Pompidou and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal, Centro de Arte Santa Monida, Barcelona, and many others. Born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1917, Sottsass graduated from Turin Polytechnic in 1939 with a degree in architecture. In 1947, he opened a design studio in Milan and participated in postwar reconstruction projects, as well as exhibition and product design. After working in New York with George Nelson, Sottsass returned to Milan as a designer for Olivetti through 1970. During his tenure at Olivetti, he designed the innovative Valentine typewriter, which was quickly acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. By the late 1970s, Sottsass worked on an exhibition for the 1978 Milan Furniture Fair with Studio Alchimia, a group of avant-garde furniture designers, including Alessandro Mendini and Andrea Branzi. Sottsass was also a contributor for Domus and Casabella. In 1981, he formed the renowned design collective, “Memphis” which was at the forefront of postmodern design. At the same time, he became a founding partner of Sottsass Associati, an architecture and design firm with offices today in Milan, London and Paris. A leading figure in Italian design since the Radical Movement of the 1960s, Sottsass has been at the centre of Italian avant-garde furniture design for over four decades.

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