Oceanic Lamp by Memphis Milano
'Oceanic' Table lamp in metal by Michele De Lucchi for Memphis Milano. Designed in 1981, produced by Memphis Milano in 2021.
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Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer. His work included furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting, home and office objects, as well as many buildings and interiors. He grew up in Turin and graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Torino in 1939. In 1947, in Milan, he founded his architecture and industrial design studio, where he began to create work using various media. In 1956, Sottsass went to New York and began to work in George Nelson’s design studio. Back in Italy, he established major collaboration projects with Poltronova (1957) and Olivetti (1958). From the late ’60s and throughout the ’70s he collaborated with Superstudio and Archizoom Associati, within the Radical movement, until the foundation of Memphis Group in 1981, of which he was a founding member. In the mid-’80s, with Sottsass Associati, mainly an architecture studio, he also designed elaborate shops and showrooms, company identities, exhibitions, interiors, Japanese consumer electronics, and furniture of all kinds. Ettore Sottsass was presented numerous international awards, winning the ADI Compasso d’Oro in 1959. His work is on show in the permanent collections of many museums around the world such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Centre G. Pompidou in Paris, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Memphis Milano: A great cultural phenomenon founded in Milan in 1981, Memphis Group was established by the creative genius of Ettore Sottsass, along with a group of Milanese architects and designers. This movement was inspired by Art Deco, Futurism and Pop Art and created unique designs distinctive for colorful and abstract decorations and asymmetrical shapes, revolutionizing the concepts of living. Part of the Postmodernist style, Memphis influences to this day the designing world with unique statement pieces.
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