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SOME OF THE LATE, LEG­ENDARY ETTORE SOTTSASS’S DE­SIGNS GET A FRESH NEW AIR­ING.

The post­mod­ern de­signs of the Mem­phis Group are mak­ing a come­back, thanks in part to Ital­ian fur­ni­ture com­pany Kartell. It turns out that Ettore Sottsass, who founded Mem­phis Group in 1981 (and died in 2007 at the age of 90), de­signed items for Kartell in 2004 that never made it into pro­duc­tion. The re­vived pop­u­lar­ity of all things Mem­phis means Sottsass’s colour­ful vases and stools (be­low left) will fi­nally ar­rive in stores soon, along with some of his fab­ric de­signs on Kartell clas­sics such as Pa­tri­cia Urquiola’s ‘Fo­liage’ (above left) and ‘Clap’ fur­ni­ture (left).

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