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exhibition: "Ettore Sottsass Rebel and Poet"

| Designbest editorial staff


ith exhibition Rebel and Poet, the Vitra Design Museum celebrates one hundred years from the birth of iconic designer Ettore Sottsass.

At the Vitra Schaudepot from the 14th July until the 24th September 2017, Rebel and Poet pays tribute to one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century (who hasn’t heard of the Memphis Milano design collective, or his sculptural vases and homeware designed for Olivetti). This exhibition shows an overview of Ettore Sottsass’ designs, writings and photographs, carefully chosen to illustrate his career.

There are iconic objects like Valentine, the typewriter for Olivetti (1969); the Mobili Grigi furniture series for Poltronova (1970); Memphis Milano furniture like the Carlton bookcase (1981) and the Tartar table (1985), emblematic of his unique design style; and the Tappeto Volante (1974).

Unconventional objects in vibrant colours have been especially chosen to help us relive Ettore’s career and to better understand his unique style, centred on explaining age all questions about design. Ettore Sottsass is known for having pushed both the cultural and stylistic boundaries of his time, offering a new and unexpected point of view to his public. What’s more, Ettore’s prime source of inspiration came from studying ancient cultures and spiritual rituals, in fact this comes across in his sketches for Alchimia and Memphis.

So, Rebel and Poet is really worth a visit. What better way to understand Ettore Sottsass’ design philosophy and to look at his work under a new light, freeing ourselves from a the functionalist approach which often affects how we perceive things.


When:  14 July -  24 September 2017

Where: Vitra Schaudepot, Temporary Space, Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany


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