Bookcase “Carlton”

Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007)
Italy, 1981
Memphis edition
Wood veneer, plastic laminate
On long term loan from the Centre national des arts plastiques,1983
Inv. FNAC 1980
© MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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The first collection of Memphis created in 1981 comprised of 52 pieces in the areas of furniture, lighting, ceramics and glass. It questioned the criteria of functionality and defended the eclecticism of materials including the use of plastic laminate. Ettore Sottsass designed Carlton, a bookcase that became a domestic totem. It has five levels, the brightly coloured geometric forms of which are assembled like a house of cards.