REBEL WITH A CAUSE

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Culture -

Doc­u­ment­ing the life and work of the late Et­tore Sottsass, the leg­endary Aus­tro-Ital­ian de­signer who would have cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day this month, the Frank Gehry-de­signed Vi­tra De­sign Mu­seum digs deep into its ar­chives to bring to­gether an ex­hi­bi­tion that “pays trib­ute to an ex­tra­or­di­nary de­signer who viewed de­sign as an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the na­ture of hu­man ex­is­tence”. Best re­mem­bered as the lead­ing fig­ure of 1980s de­sign col­lec­tive Mem­phis and his po­etic min­i­mal­ist sculp­tural de­signs, Sottsass re­belled against func­tion­al­ist de­sign ap­proaches and breathed new life into ex­pres­sive de­signs such as the Carl­ton book­case and the Ashoka lamp from 1981, as well as the Tar­tar con­sole ta­ble in 1985. Also on dis­play at ‘Et­tore Sottsass – Rebel and Poet’ are Sottsass’s literary texts, as well as pho­to­graphs from the ‘Metafore’ series to fur­ther pro­voke thoughts. Un­til September 24 at Vi­tra De­sign Mu­seum, Ger­many. www.de­sign-mu­seum.de/en

Et­tore Sottsass, shot by Bruno Gec­che­lin in 1974 Syn­the­sis 45 side chair, 1972

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