As the founder of the Memphis Milan movement, Ettore Sottsass believed that a designer should place the same importance on evoking the senses as on functionality. Although it only ran from 1980 to 1987, Memphis achieved cult status among artists, designers and the non-creative – from the boxing ring bed once owned by the late Karl Lagerfeld to the Olivetti typewriter David Bowie’s Valentine at £45,000.
To satisfy demand, Phaidon is publishing an updated version of the out-of-print monograph on Sottsass. The previous edition has been in the reseller market for a while now, fetching over $500 on some websites, more than six times its original cost. Price aside, the book is rich in content – spanning 492 pages of specialist stock that explore Sottsass’ vast archive, including drawings and sketches from the designer’s countless sketchbooks, architectural projects and product designs, through to to its graphics, sculptures and ceramics.
Written by author and teacher, Philippe Thomé, Ettore Sottsass will be released worldwide for US$79.95 on November 2.
In related news, we recently unveiled the rise, fall and resurrection of Memphis Milano.