Ettore Sottsass
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Ettore Sottsass I Contemporary designer

Ettore Sottsass Jr. (Innsbruck 1917-Milan 2007) was one of the defining designers of the postmodern movement. For more than four decades, he created a wide-ranging body of work ranging from airports to typewriters, ceramics, essays, and unrealized utopian projects. Highly receptive to the potential of form and color to subvert and transform lifestyle, he gave a seminal contribution to the history of design, establishing it as an experimental tool for the creation of a "new domestic landscape". The son of an architect, Sottsass trained at the Turin Politecnico. After World War 2, he set up an architecture and design firm in Milan, where he collaborated with Giuseppe Pagano. His innovative, nonconformist views immediately set him into contrast with the high modernist consensus of Milanese architects, to whom he reproached both their pretensions to universalism and their compromises with what he viewed with conformist taste. Sottsass started collaborating with the booming Italian furniture industry in the mid-50s, working for brands such as Kartell and Arredoluce...

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