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Brief Published: 25 Nov 2010

Ettore Sottsass


The final eye-popping furniture collection by the late Italian designer Ettore Sottsass is being shown for the first time at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York.

The collection consists of a series of vibrantly painted cabinets inspired by the geometric paintings of Piet Mondrain and titled Un Piccolo Omaggio a Mondrian. Sottsass is prolific for his vivid use of colour and disregard of the boundaries between artistic disciplines, wishing to combine furniture and sculpture.  He once said "When I was young all we ever heard about was functionalism, functionalism, functionalism...Design should be sensual and exciting,"

The exhibition runs until December 16.