Ettore Sottsass

Last evening, December 31, 2007 on New Year’s Eve, Ettore Sottsass passed away at his home in Milan. He was 90 years old. Remembered as one of the founders and the father of the postmodern design movement (of which I am definitely not a fan, but can respect from a distance), he was also the designer of many, many products that endure to this day. An architect by training, when Sottsass was able to break from Memphis he returned to his collaborative architecture practice in Milan where he practiced up to his death, enjoying a renaissance of his work in recent years with retrospectives in New York, Los Angeles and London.

A memorable Sottsass quote:

“Every color has a history. Red is the color of the Communist flag, the color that makes a surgeon move faster and the color of passion.”

Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007)

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