(All photos courtesy Christie's)
Ettore Sottsass is having a moment. The influential Italian designer's work and the aesthetic of his design and architecture collective, The Memphis Group—which counted bold-faced names such as Nathalie du Pasquier
and George Sowden among its members—can be felt everywhere, from candle sticks
to coffee mugs
. The collective's use of abstract shapes and bold primary colors created an idiosyncratic look that's synonomous with the 1980's. Their furniture and home products are by turns bizarre, outlandish and otherworldly. They're also highly collectible and desirable.
To celebrate the continued influence of Sottsass and the aesthetic movement he pioneered, Christie's Private Sales is devoting their inaugural exhibition to a selection of works from the designer's inimitable ouevre. Furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles and jewelry will be on display alongside artworks, drawings, collages and self-published books. The collection, "offers an unrivalled opportunity for a reassessment and an enriched interpretation of the profoundly influential architect-designer," says Simon Andrews, Christie's Director of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design. "[It illustrates] the transition from experimentation and intuition towards the establishment of an aesthetic credo that was resolved, defined, and invested with highly personal mythologies.”The exhibit Ettore Sottsass: Important Works from a Private Collection is on view at 20 Rockefeller Plaza from December 7-20, 2013.