Sketches for Enamel Works by Ettore Sottsass

When I look back at what I did from 1954 to 1958, it seems to me that all that effort was hardly worth it, because really not much has remained. In those days, most of my work was in the form of thoughts and hopes, tons of drawings, and a great fear of making mistakes – but very little is left of all that.

Ettore Sottsass

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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