Sottsass Associati

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Sottsass Associati


Scarce, deluxe first Japanese edition of the Sottsass Associati book from 1988, in original box sleeve with printed obi-strip. This large, lavishly illustrated book examines the diverse array of projects by Italian design group, Sottsass Associati – a partnership formed in Milan in 1980 between Ettore Sottsass, Marco Zanini, Matteo Thun, Aldo Cibic, and Marco Marabelli. Each of their major projects, traversing architecture, interior design, textiles, graphic design, product design, exhibition design, furniture design, etc. are documented here in full-colour photography and illustrations, including projects for Brionvega, Olivetti, Esprit, Fiorucci, Memphis Group, Knoll, Alessi, Driade, and many others.

Essays by Ettore Sottsass, Barbara Radice, Jean Pigozzi, Herbert Muschamp, Philippe Thome, Doug Tompkins, Luciano Torri, and Marco Zanini.

*Condition: Very Good-Fine (Fine copy preserved within original box sleeve with light wear/tanning to box, protected in plastic with original obi-strip) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Design Furniture from Italy


Rare exhibition book published on the occasion of the exhibition, “Mobili Italiani” held in Tokyo at the Sogestu Kaikan, a building designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, in February 8-16 1984.

This important survey exhibition on Italian furniture from the 1930’s to the 1980’s featured the work of furniture designers and companies such as Enzo Mari, Archizoom, Michele De Lucchi, Alessi, Casanova, Castelli, Flos, Aldo Rossi, Kartell, Olivetti-Synthesis, Vico Magistretti, Ettore Sottsass, Mario Bellini, O Luce, Zanotta, B&B Italia, Arflex, Arteluce, Driade, Arfa Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa, Vistosi, Artemide, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Paolo Pivi, Molteni, Achille Castiglioni, Piero Castiglioni, Sottsass Associati, Danese, Venini, Carlo Scarpa, and so many others, displaying work across furniture, lighting, glassware and flatware. All design objects from the exhibition are documented here in this handsomely designed catalogue; beautifully photographed and accompanied by production information.

The book also documents, again through fantastic colour photographic spreads and also sketches and technical drawings, the exhibition’s “Environments” displays. Entire interior settings are here designed and fitted out by Sottsass Associati (Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanini), Achille Castiglioni, Mario Bellini, Vico Magistretti, Cini Boeri, and Giotto Stoppino.

Features an introduction by Kenzo Tange and texts by Vittoria Gregotti and Giovanni Klaus Koenig, all published here in English and Japanese.

* Condition: Very Good (a clean, tight copy with only very minor shelf wear and small tanning to cover edge) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Ettore Sottsass (jun.)
Designer Artist Architect

First edition of this heavy 1993 hard-cover monograph on the life and work of Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. Edited by Hans Höger, this expansive and thorough biographical book covers Sottsass’ highly influential work across ceramics, furniture design, exhibition design, interiors, industrial design, architecture, and much more. 240 visually rich pages of photo documentation, plans and drawings of his work and the work of his contemporaries of radical Italian design and architecture, the book covers the projects, objects, and exhibits of Sottsass Associati, Alchimia, Memphis, Alessi, Ettore Sottsass’ personal work, beautiful rarely seen early prototypes and realised designs for Raymor (telephones and carpets!), Arredoluce, Olivetti, Poltronova, and others, amongst much more. Very heavy with imagery and designs, and accompanied by all texts in English, including a biography and exhibition list, this book is a major and generous publication for anyone interested in the wide-reaching work of Ettore Sottsass.

* Condition: Very Good (general light wear and tanning to spine of dustjacket/page edges, otherwise tight and clean copy in original jacket)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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