Based on a design from 1958, manufactured by Bitossi ceramics in Milan, these bowls were inspired by the shapes of the traffic lamps Sottsass saw on his first trip to NYC while working for US designer George Nelson. Ettore Sottsass attended architecture school in Milan before working as a design consultant to the Olivetti company, an appointment which culminated the Olivetti Valentine typewriter (1969). As Sottsass moved away from pure functionalism, he became an acknowledged leader in the Anti-Design movement, which opposed "correctness" and "good taste." In 1981, he led the Memphis movement, producing colorful, multifunctional and ambiguous pieces that broke conventional forms and poked fun at the seriousness of functional objects. His work is extensive and ranges from ashtrays, vases, to architecture and beyond.
Set of 3 bowls.
Ettore Sottsass designed with an interest in uncertainty, inconclusion, sensuality, melancholy and pleasure. He saw design not only as the fulfilling of a function, but of proposing ways of doing so."Everything must remain possible. It must be possible to design instability." - Ettore Sottsass
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