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100 Top Product Designer: Ettore Sottsass

Born in Innsbruck in 1917, Ettore Sottsass was one of the most significant and important figures of the last century in the Contemporary Architecture and Design World. He was graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino and also, he participated in all radical movements whether created from the 70s and 80s. Honored with numerous international awards, One Hundred Edition brings to you some of his most unique pieces!


“I make no special difference between architecture and design, they are two different stages of invention.”

Ettore Sottsass


Ashoka Table Lamp


Beverly Sideboard


Canada – Sofa

“When I began designing machines I also began to think that these objects, which sit next to each other and around people, can influence not only physical conditions but also emotions. They can touch the nerves, the blood, the muscles, the eyes, and the moods of people.”

Ettore Sottsass


See also: 100 Top Product Designer: Christopher Schanck


Candy Bowl

In 1981 he founded the Memphis group, a group that has radically changed the scenario of Italian and world design and also, a postmodern design collective that produced unconventional furniture.


Fruit Bowl


Lamp Tahiti For Memphis Milano

As one of the best product designers in the world, his designs have continued to be influential in the world of design, with its innovative vision inspiring different creative works created by remarkable contemporary names as Tom Dixon and Thomas Heatherwick.  Some of his artworks are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Design Museum in London, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Liana Bookcase


Mandarin Dining Table For Memphis Milano

Drawing inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, the top product designer produced and exhibited furniture and objects that were vibrant in color and futuristic in design. Ettore Sottsass’s own work was recognized for its variety, oftentimes including playfulness through ornamentation and color.


Occasional Table


S Vase from Twenty-seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower

The top product designer Ettore Sottsass died in 2007 at the age of 90 years.


See also: 100 Top Product Designer: Eric Schmitt


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