Modern + Contemporary Design /28 March 2006


Ettore Sottsass

Treetops floor lamp and poster
Italy, 1981
enameled metal, paper
9¾ w × 36 d × 81½ h in (25 × 91 × 207 cm)

CITY, a Chicago store, was the first importer and distributor of Memphis furniture in the Midwest. Chris Garland created the promotional poster for Barry Bursak, owner of CITY, in collaboration with David Csicsko. Now an iconic design, the poster was printed in a limited edition; 300 were printed by a professional printer, while 100 additional silkscreens were printed by Mr. Garland. Lot includes press ephemera, a letter of authenticity from Barry Bursak, and a poster from the limited edition of 100.

provenance: CITY, Chicago Chris Garland, Chicago

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,280

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Ettore Sottsass 1917–2007

Ettore Sottsass is one of the most significant designers and architects of the late 20th Century, his bold and colorful, Post Modern aesthetic enlivening objects, furniture and interiors and influencing design around the world. Born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1917, Sottsass and his family moved to Turin, Italy in 1929 so he could study architecture at the Politecnico di Turino. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1939 but he was called to serve the Italian army during World War II and he spent most of the war in a concentration camp. Upon his return in 1945, he worked for his father, Ettore Sottsass senior, an architect practicing in Turin, before relocating to Milan to curate a craft exhibition at the 1946 Triennale. 

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