Ettore Sottsass

Memphis
The New International Style

 

Here it is – the incredibly rare FIRST ever Memphis book, published by Electa in Italy in 1981!
First edition. Wrapped in a fold-out front and back cover design by Marco Zanini, this very early document of Memphis is almost entirely a visual folio of reproductions of the original drawings by Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Michael Graves, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Alessandro Mendini, Paola Navone, Peter Shire, Ettore Sottsass, George Sowden, Matteo Thun, Masanori Umeda and Marco Zanini. Along with an early essay by Barbara Radice (in both Italian and English), this catalogue tells the very beginning of the Memphis story through the original drawings of furniture, objects, lighting and patterns compiled from international architects, artists and designers. The story goes that Ettore Sottsass and his core group encouraged international architects and designers to send their concepts and drawings for new designs for domestic furnishings. In viewing their results through this selection of the drawings, it is clear there was a global design revolution happening and Memphis was about to produce prototypes of these designs that would shock and change the world forever.

A rare opportunity to own this important publication of design history.

Note: This book was briefly re-issued in 2009 in a limited edition – this is however the first printing from 1981.

* Condition: Very Good (light wear / age tanning / previous owners name) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Provokationen. (Superstudio & Paola Navone covers)
Design Aus Italien

Beautiful over-sized book published on the occasion of a special exhibition in Lower Saxony and Bremen in 1982 entitled “Provokationen. Design Aus Italien : Ein Mythos Geht Neue Wege”.

Published more broadly as a softcover book in 1982, here is one of the very limited edition hardcover versions, produced in collaboration between the designers Andrea Branzi, Paola Navone, Mario Radice, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Superstudio with Firma Abet Laminati in Turin, especially for the exhibition. Each of the limited hardcover copies is sandwiched between two pieces of actual laminate panels designed by the designers and produced by Abet Laminati.

This particular copy features the work of Superstudio (front cover laminate) and Paola Navone (back cover laminate).

A very collectable copy of an incredible, scarce, heavy Italian design book!

Handsomely designed and profusely illustrated throughout with large black and white examples of the work of  Enzo Mari, Sergio Asti, Gae Aulenti, Andrea Branzi, Superstudio, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni, Marco Zanuso, Roberto Arioli, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Emma Schweinberger Gismondi, Angelo Mangiarotti, Mario Bellini, Gio Ponti, Martine Bendin, Daniela Puppa, Antonia Astori de Ponti, Franco Mirenzi, Joe Colombo, Ennio Lucini, Elio Martinelli, Sottsass Associates, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Raggi, Studio Alchimia, Gaetano Pesce, Franco Mello, Guido Drocco, Studio 65, UFO, Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Aldo Rossi, Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni, Sergio De Michiel, Paolo Nava, Mario Dell’Orto, Antonio Citterio, Anrea Bellosi, Richard Sapper, Bruno Munari, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Giulietto Cacciari, Man Ray, Gigi Sabadin, Antonia Astori de Ponte, Mario Ceroli, Lucchino Oltrona Visconti, Michele De Lucchi, Michael Graves, Paolo Portoghesi, Stanley Tigerman, Oscar Tusquets, Robert Venturi, Kuzumasa Yamashita, and more.

And also the work of Gerrit Rietveld, Giuseppe Terragni, Alvar Aalto, Eileen Gray, Sonja Delaunay, Marcel Breuer, Karl Josef Jucker, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Josef Hoffman in their original, influential forms, and their re-inventions by Alessandro Mendini and co.

* Condition: Very Good (bright, tight very good copy throughout – light wear only and bumping/yellowing to old laminate glue on spine) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Andrea Branzi
Il Dolce Stil Novo (della Casa)

Andrea Branzi “Il Dolce Stil Novo (della Casa)” was published in 1991 on the occasion of a very special exhibition featuring works by Lapo Binazzi, Denis Santachiara, Shiro Kuramata, Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Massimo Iosa Ghini, Remo Buti, George Sowden, and Borek Sipek. The book collects the reflections of this group of architects of different ages, cultures and backgrounds who were called upon to realize a group of domestic landscapes in the large empty rooms of Palazzo Strozzi Firenze. “Auto-biographical, poetic or theoretical reflections take the viewer and reader to the central point of the project in question: a person’s home. That is, our survival within the artistic universe that surrounds us, within the violence and the vulgarity of our times, in the expropriation and eradication of intrusive streams of information. Building a house for man means building a place and objects within it which make is possible to establish relationships not only of use and functionality, but also of a psychological, symbolic, and poetic nature. Holderlin said, “Man lives poetically,” which means the relationship that binds man to his nest is of a nature, literary, partly obscure, and symbolic.” – translated roughly from the Italian introduction by Andrea Branzi, 1990.
This very handsome book compiled by Branzi himself feels more like an artist’s book than an exhibition catalogue, beautifully reproducing intimate drawings, texts, conversations, photographs by the contributors, and printed in an edition of 1250 numbered copies. This copy is number stamped no. 830.

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Ettore Sottsass
Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten

Ettore Sottsass signed copy of this incredibly scarce, unique publication from 1990. “Ettore Sottsass : Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten” was published by Ikon Galerie fur Design-Zeichnungen (Frankfurt am Main), reproducing sketches for furniture, glass, ceramic, jewellery, lighting, interior and architectural projects by influential Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (14 September 1917 – 31 December 2007), which are interspersed throughout the text design of this catalogue, which includes a lively interview by Rainer Krause with the artist (a founder of the highly influential Memphis group and Sottsass Associati, as well as designer with Alchimia, Alessi, Olivetti, Arredoluce, Poltronova, Fiorucci, Esprit, Knoll, and many others), text by fellow collaborator and architect/designer/artist Andrea Branzi, and Sottsass’s lengthy informal essay presenting his personal view of the sociological significance of the chair.

All texts are in both English and German, with interview also in Italian.

This special copy has been signed by the designer with “Sottsass” across the title page in black pen. A super collectable copy of this already very rare and special book on one of the world’s most influential designers and visionaries.

* Condition: Very Good (tight and clean throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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