Ettore Sottsass

Innsbruck 1917-Milan 2007. Architect (and son of an architect) and designer, he graduated from the Politecnico University in Turin in ’39. A designer in Milan from 1947. Started designing computers with Olivetti in 1958, working with Marcello Nizzoli, whose place he took as head of design. Designed important machines for the company (Compasso d’Oro 1959). Took part in the Italian design exhibition at MoMA in ’72. Set up his own studio in ’80 and Memphis, with others (including Branzi, De Lucchi, Isozaki) in ’81. Broad interest in art, many solo exhibitions around the world.

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