ettore sottsass

Today is the 98th birthday of one of our ultimate design heroes Ettore Sottsass whose bold, anarchic and intelligent postmodern designs continue to dazzle, sensationalise and bring something fresh to the table 34 years after he started the Memphis Group in 1981.

We're taking a look at some of our favourite large furniture pieces designed in the 1980's by Ettore for the Memphis Group and sending out positive vibes in the hope that we cross paths with one soon!

BEVERLY: Designed in 1981 by Sottsass Beverly is a beauty. This wooden sideboard covered with plastic laminate and natural briar is AmAzing! The tubular chrome rail with a fitting for a single red light bulb is a stunning detail.

FREEMONT: Designed by Sottsass in 1985 this beautifully brash cabinet is superb. Friends of ours have one in their hallway decorated with clashing ceramics by Nathalie Du Pasquier and it is even more breathtaking in person. Constructed from wood, plastic laminate aluminium and gilded wood this piece is a dazzler!

CASABLANCA: Designed by Sottsass in 1981. One of the original Memphis designs, just look at that patterned colour mix, superb!

CARLTON: Designed by Sottsass in 1981. Fashion, sculpture, art. This avant-garde beauty is a true icon of postmodern design. Swooooon!

TARTAR: Designed by Sottsass in 1985. Tartar is an amazingly chic console finished in high gloss lacquer and wood grain patterned laminates. As with all Sottsass pieces the colour combinations and clashes of pattern and form make for a stunning piece of furniture.

Images: Memphis Design Store.

More on Memphis: The Design Museum have recently updated their Memphis archive and it's well worth a visit!