Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), one of the most influential and unconventional figures of contemporary design, was born 100 years ago. He will be remembered for his designs for Olivetti, his poetic sculptural objects, and as the leader of the design group Memphis.

All this is narrated by the many examples of his work found in the collection of the Vitra Design Museum, alongside an overview of about 30 drawings, photographs and writings.

The show illustrates the evolution of Sottsass’s poetics through key works: the Califfo sofa (1964), the Kubirolo chest (1966-67), pieces from the Mobili Grigi series (1970) for Poltronova, and rare items like the Tappeto Volante chair (1974).

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From the series Metafore, Vich, 1973. Ph. Ettore Sottsass. Courtesy: Studio Ettore Sottsass