Ettore Sottsass – The meaning of things

Ettore Sottsass - The meaning of things

Ettore Sottsass – The Meaning of Things

  The concepts of design innovation is not just poor 20th Century is one born in 1917, Ettore Sottsass, without question the major Personalize (r) n, which has opened new paths with his shapes. His visual language is above all a radical departure from the dictates of “form follows function, through him the world of design is more colorful, more playful, more diverse.

Sottsass studied from 1935 at the Politecnico di Torino, where in 1939 he graduated. After completing his military service he went into the architectural firm of his father, but the collaboration did not last long because the Filius could do little with the austere and functional style of the father. Early fifties Sottsass founded his own design studio, where he devoted himself not only of architecture but also the designing of ceramic, glass, paintings, jewelry, furniture and industrial design, office facilities and equipment for exhibitions. “There are no boundaries between architecture, sculpture, design and painting,” said Sottsass had spoken once, and this maxim throughout his life he remained faithful. From 1957, the designer was artistic director of the company Poltronova, for which he designed furniture and lighting, at that time also began the intensive study of the fiberglass material. Sottsass was known above all through cooperation with the typewriter manufacturer Olivetti, whose model of “Valentine” now one of the most famous design objects of 20th Century should include. Sottsass later distanced himself from his creation, and described Valentine as “too obvious, like a girl with too short skirt and too much make-up. The collaboration began with Olivetti in 1958 and lasted to 1980 – a particularly fertile period for both parties, could go into numerous products designed by Sottsass in series.

1973, the designer created an alternative design school called “Global Tools”, followed two years later, together with his colleague, Alessandro Mendini, Michele de Lucchi, Andrea Branzi, the studio Alchimia, which is a hotbed opposition to overly formal design oriented understood. It was not until the founding of the Memphis group in 1981, together with younger colleagues such as Matteo Thun and Aldo Cibic, designers made the final known beyond the borders of Italy beyond the playful designs of the group became synonymous with the design zeitgeist of the eighties and a colorful and often ironically broken statement constituted the “state of the art” of postmodernism in those years. Today, the work of Ettore Sottsass long been in the major museums of the world such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris.

Heinz Buetler film shows a creative troublemaker, without whose tremendous plant design would look completely different from our day, a successful, many-voiced, ironic and thoughtful tribute to one of the main designers of the late 20th Century

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Ettore Sottsass – The Meaning of Things Country of production: Switzerland Year of production: 2002 Length: 58 (min) ( #) Distribution: film cinema text

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