Pair of ceiling lights

Ettore Sottsass

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Ettore Sottsass, Memphis design founder, pair of ceiling lights, Venini Murano.

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A pair of ceiling lights designed by Ettore Sottsass for Venini Manufacture in Murano (Italy).
Green glass decorations applied on a milky white lampshade.
The "hats" that covers electrical parts on the shade and attached to the ceiling are green.
The name of these lights is "Vienna" in reference with Viennese architecture.
These ones have been blown in 1997.

Designer: Ettore Sottsass
Manufacturer: Venini
Dimensions :
H 8.08 in. x Dm 6.89 in.
H 20.5 cm x Dm 17.5 cm
Each one is signed "Venini 97 Ettore Sottsass"
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Ettore Sottsass
Pair of ceiling lights
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Ettore Sottsass 1917-2007


“I don’t know if I’ve made myself understood.”

Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1917. He studied at polytechnical school of Turin as an architect and designer.

From 1947 he opens is own Studio in Milan, his interests nearly go in every fields… Architecture of course, design mostly, ceramics, glass, furniture, jewels design, photography but also painting and sculpture that he quits around 1965.

He works as a consultat designer for Olivetti from 1958 and designed the Valentine Typewriter in 1969, still considered today as a masterpiece of XXth Century design.

Founder of Memphis group in 1981, he then collaborates with Aldo Cibic, Matteo Thun, George Sowden, Nathalie du Pasquier and Michele de Lucchi.

Sottsass never stopped drawing during trips all around the world.

In 2017 Le Stanze del Vetro organises a superb exhibition of glass works by Sottsass. The catalog called “Ettore Sottsass, The glass” is available.