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Ettore Sottsass Jr


Mirror/lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr

The Ultrafragola mirror/lamp, with its sinuous profile that suggests long wavy hair, belongs to the Mobili Grigi series of complete bedroom and living room furnishings designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova and presented at the third edition of Eurodomus in 1970. With the exception of Ultrafragola, the models never got beyond the prototype phase.
As for the lights that emerge from the ‘gray furniture,’ don’t tombs always have flickering lights that brighten the sadness of spirits wandering through the valley of dust? Don’t submarines have trembling green lights in their holds? The lights are designed to come out of the fiberglass body, like the splendid whiteness of the skin of breasts, the glowing red of the head of a penis in the pornographic night, something of that sort – I mean something like Japanese fireflies, which transform May nights into solid matter. Could anything be more ridiculous?
(Ettore Sottsass, “Could anything be more ridiculous?, in “Design”, London, 262, October, 1970)

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mirror with neon lights

100 x 13 x 195[h] cm

vacuum—formed opaline acrylic

white opaline, pink neon


1970 Eurodomus, Palazzo dell’Arte, Milan 1971 Domus Italian Design, Harrods, London 1972 Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2003 La Fabbrica Bella, Centro Cultural Justiça Federal, Rio de Janeiro; Altman Building, New York 2004 I Maestri. Design Italiano, Triennale di Milano travelling exhibition / Radical Design, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Arezzo, Italy 2005 Sottsass Progetti 1946—2005, MART, Museo di Arte Moderna di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy 2007 Italy Made In Art: Now, Contemporary Arts and Industrial Design, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Shanghai / Ettore Sottsass Architect And Designer, LACMA, Los Angeles 2007 Plexiglass, Werkstoff In Architektur Und Design, Darmstadt / Ettore Sottsass, Vorrei Sapere Perché, Salone degli Incanti, Ex Pescheria, Trieste 2008 Abitare il tempo, Verona Fiere, Verona, Italy 2010 Biennale Internazionale del Design, Radical Memories, Ascoli, Italy 2011 Creative Junctions, National Museum of China, Beijing / Meet Design, An Italian Story, Museo dei Fori Imperiali, Rome Palazzo Bertalazone, Turin / Le Fabbriche Dei Sogni, Triennale di Milano, Milan 2012 Pop Art Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek Moderna Museet, Stockholm / Barbican Art Gallery, London / Emma Espoo, Finland Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden 2015 Creativa Produzione—La Toscana e il design Italiano 1950-1990, Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca, Italy / Firenze 4 ever, 11th edition, LuisaViaRoma, Florence 2017 Radical Utopias — Beyond architecture: Florence 1966 — 1976, La Strozzina Gallery, Florence, Italy 2018 Radical Utopias — Beyond architecture: Florence 1966 — 1976, CCA Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal / Joeuts à Jouer — Objects in the forest, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Brussels, Belgium 2019 Collezione permanente Museo del Design Italiano, Triennale di Milano, Milan / I–Made — Italian Manufacture Art & Design exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, London / Porto Design Biennale, Palácio das Artes Fundação da Juventude, Porto