Ettore Sottsass is an Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century. He founded the Memphis Group. The group’s main aim was to bring back radical designs. The products that were made by the ‘Memphis’ group tended to have bright colors and bold patterns and were made of plastic laminate surfaces.
Sottsass is described as ‘a forward looking designer.’ He began his career by studying architecture at Turin Polytechnic. He was a student there for 4 years and proved his talent as he wrote articles on art and interior design with his fellow student Luigi Spazzanpan. Sottsass eventually teamed up with Olivetti as a design consultant and worked with him for over twenty years. While working with Olivetti, Sottsass made many new and different things. He designed a pop-influenced “totem”, a Valentine typewriter, Elea 9003 calculator etc.
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