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Posts Tagged ‘Ettore Sottsass’

Inside IDEO Founder David Kelley’s Ettore Sottsass-Designed Home

In a recent 60 Minutes segment, Charlie Rose and producer Katherine Davis profiled IDEO co-founder David Kelley (and revealed that even Steve Jobs himself struggled in getting AT&T to activate one of the first iPhones). This part of the piece, in which Rose pays a visit to Kelley’s Ettore Sottsass-designed home near Palo Alto, ended up on the cutting room floor, but CBS has released it as an online extra. “It’s supposed to be a humble, private house, where you don’t make a big deal out of it,” Kelley tells Rose. “That’s why it’s so plain on the front.” Sottsass studded the living room with bluish green boxes, to break up the space and make it more cozy. Here, Kelley reveals what’s inside them. Plus, his teenage daughter has an entire little (Monopoly-style) house to herself. Notes Kelley, “Ettore thought that if you were a kid you should have your own house rather than your own room.”


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Ettore Sottsass Dies at 90

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Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, architect, designer and founder of the postmodernist Memphis Group, died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 90, reports the New York Times.

Mr. Sottsass was known for his playfulness and wit as well as his whimsical ornamentation. His Adesso Pero stained-wood bookshelf from 1992 looks like three red lightning bolts shooting into a red platform. His Tahiti lamp, from 1981, resembles a tropical bird with a long yellow neck and boxy red beak.

“He never lost the love of the object,” said Susan Yelavich, an assistant professor at Parsons the New School for Design. “There’s a sensuality, a sheer hedonism, that is so welcome and undeniable.”

Sottsass enjoyed immense worldwide recognition of late, with a massive retrospective of his work organized by LACMA opening in 2006 and another retrospective celebrating his 90th birthday up in Trieste, Italy until March 2. But right now we think we can hear him pecking away on that big red Olivetti typewriter in the sky.

Frank Gehry’s F-Me Shirt-Wearing Promotional Campaign Pays Off In Spades

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Whether he’s busy screwing himself or trying hard to get others to screw him, Frank Gehry‘s publicity stunt is certainly working. In yesterday’s Times Mag, Pilar Viladas drops the Fuckable One’s name in two separate articles .

Here’s #1:

In the 1970s and ’80s, Southern California was a hotbed of architectural experimentation. Buildings by Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi of Morphosis, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss and others challenged conventional notions of how we live and work, thrilling some observers and horrifying others.

And love letter #2:

The notion of limited-edition design–which is all the rage now and which loomed large last month at Art Basel and its offshoot, Design Miami/Basel–was not born yesterday. Indeed, the Swiss furniture company Vitra embraced it 20 years ago when it started Vitra Edition, which offered a way for cutting-edge architects and designers–like Ron Arad, Frank Gehry, Shiro Kuramata, Ettore Sottsass and others–to do experimental work without the constraints of production or the market.

Because, really, what can’t that god among men do?