Ettore Sottsass (Innsbruck, 1917 – Milan, 2007) graduated at the Politecnic in Turin in 1939, he started his activity in Milan, where in 1947 he opened his own design studio. In the 70’s he started his collaboration with Olivetti, creating with them a range of office furniture and equipment. A very versatile artist with many interests – he was involved in the various fields of artistic expression. Foreseeing years of social unrest, he perceived design as an instrument of social criticism and hence gave way to Design Radicale (1966-1972) providing a new aesthetically outlook on design that was more ethically, socially and politically inclined. Having moved away from the voracity of what the industry had to offer, he got closer to the avant-guarde, to Pop Art, to plain and down-to-earth conceptual influences, proposing an alternative design in respect to that imposed by the advertising media at the time. After the experimental works for Poltronova as their artistic director, Sottsass’s utopian had it’s climax in Italy with the exhibition “The new domestic landscape” at the MoMA in New York 1972. After that he involved himself with the group Alchimia, engraving his own ideology and that of “Design Radicale”, in an alchemy of shapes, colors, materials which overturn the aesthetically standards and the way design is conceived compared to decoration. In 1981 he set up the Memphis group, a group that has radically changed the scenario of Italian and world design. His interest in Ceramics and design continued during his professional career which led him to meet Bitossi Ceramics in 1958. This is when he started to create ceramics under the supervision of Aldo Londi. The relationship lasted for almost 50 yrs. The ceramic totems, can be recalled dating from 1962-1967 and the ceramics for Memphis, from the 1980’s. His works make part of the most important collections and were exhibited in the most renowned international museums, such as Moma, V&A, Pompidou museum and Triennal of Milan. He was honored with numerous international awards and has been the winner of the Golden Compass in 1959.
tuesday december 4 2018
VERNISSAGE: wednesday december 5, 10am–12pm PUBLIC SHOW DAYS: december 5 - 9
6 - 12 December 2017
Artists on show: Gianni Pettena Gino Marotta Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass Riccardo Dalisi Mario Ceroli
November 4th December 2016
Erastudio Apartment – Gallery presents: Riccardo Dalisi(co-founder of Global Tools), Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass and Henrytimi.
26th - 29th January 2016
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass, Lawrence Weiner, Afra e Tobia Scarpa, Carlo Trucchi, Giuseppe Friscia, Anne Bianchet, Soda Galvano and Koen Vanmechelen.
14th - 19th June 2016
Erastudio Apartment – Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti, Carlo Trucchi, Simone Ricart, Soda Galvano and Sergio Mazza.
2nd - 6th December 2015
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Mario Ceroli, Mario Bellini, Alessandro Mendini, Filippo Panseca, Angelo Lelli, Soda Galvano, Gianfranco Frattini, Karl Fagerlund, Anne Bianchet, Carlo Trucchi, Giuseppe Friscia.
16th - 21st June 2015
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass Jr, Gianfranco Frattini, Luciano Bertoncini, Aldo Mondino, Carlo Trucchi, Giuseppe Friscia, Koen Vanmechelen.
10th April 12th April 2015 - Fieramilanocity, Milan, Italy / Booth A04
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass Jr, Alessandro Mendini, Carlo Scarpa, Archizoom, Aldo Mondino, Carlo Trucchi, Loredana Bonora
29th January - 1st February 2015
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass Jr, Alessandro Mendini, Aldo Mondino, Carlo Trucchi
3rd - 7th December 2014
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass, Sergio Calatroni, Riccardo Goti, Gunjan Gupta, Anne Bianchet
16th - 22th June 2014
Erastudio Apartment-Gallery presents: Ettore Sottsass, Gunjan Gupta, Riccardo Goti, Carlo Trucchi, Shiro Kuramata, Koen Vanmechelen
28th - 30th March 2014
Erastudio Apartment-Gallery presents: Ettore Sottsass, Carlo Trucchi, Koen Vanmechelen, Nanda Vigo
11th - 16th June 2013
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Carlo Scarpa, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Ettore Sottsass for Venini, Gunjan Gupta, Anne Bianchet, Christophe Delcourt