Ettore Sottsass (1917- 2007), Hanging light, Italy, 1957
Painted metal, Perspex
Purchase courtesy of the patronage of the Cercle Design 20/21, 2013
© Les Arts Décoratifs / photo: Jean Tholance
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An architect by training, Ettore Sottsass was recognized for his talents as a designer from the 1950s. He was one of the founding members of the postmodernist group Memphis of the 1980s.
This suspending light, produced by one of the most innovative makers of lights in Italy of the 1950s and 1960s, is one of his first works. A veritable luminous sculpture, it already shows its creator’s style: dynamic graphic shapes, bright colours and a combination of materials.