The leaflet featuring Ettore Sottsass' 1972 'Mettsass' table
Ettore Sottsass, the late, much-acclaimed Italian designer and founder of the Memphis collective, originally designed this bold, painted steel-and-glass dining table in 1972. Now, 40 years later, the Spanish furniture manufacturer Bd Barcelona has just announced it is to relaunch the iconic design as part of company’s (also founded in 1972) 40th anniversary celebrations. (more…)
Ettore Sottass, enamelled copper vases on a wooden base © Courtesy Museo Casa Mollino
The opening of a new gallery space at the internationally renowned Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany – called, quite literally, the Vitra Design Museum Gallery – sees an exhibition of Memphis legend Ettore Sottsass’s lesser known work in enamel from the late 1950s. Curated by Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari, the show also features related drawings. (more…)
FaiTuttoTu, or YouDoEverything, for Serralunga
Chris Redfern shouldn’t worry himself about youth. The British-born designer is only 36. For one-third of his life he has worked with Ettore Sottsass. And since Sottsass’ death in December 2007, Redfern has deftly led the studio in closing one chapter and starting a new one.
His rise was quick. After earning a degree in graphic design from Norwich School of Art, he found work designing toys in Hong Kong. “I knew the heart of mainstream industrialization was in China,” he says, but he also realized “there’s got to be more to design” than launching Bert and Ernie dolls or executing the designs of others. He enrolled in Domus Academy’s master’s program in industrial design in 1995, shivered through a six-month stint with Thomas Eriksson Arkitekter in Stockholm, and then found his way back to Milan and Sottsass Associati thanks to having made a good impression on James Irvine.
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