Innsbruck, Austria 1917 – Milan, Italy 2007


  • to Italy c.1935


Italy 1981

manufacturer (organisation)

"Alcor", vase 1983 Materials & Technique: glass, art glass, glass Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1510
Image rights: © Ettore Sottsass. Licensed by Viscopy

  • Ettore Sottsass is one of the most expressive and original designers working in Italy and was the key figure in the Memphis group of designers, established in Milan in 1981. Their work was a vivid expression of post-modernism, a new approach to design that welcomed decoration and drew from popular culture and historical design. Sottsass designs in many materials for both mass and limited production of technical equipment, appliances, furniture and domestic objects. This expressive and totem-like vase is typical of his approach, combining vigorous form with the confident and flamboyant decoration that has always been a hallmark of Venetian glass.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design