Ettore SOTTSASSTOSO VETRI D'ARTE, Alcor Enlarge 1 /1


Innsbruck, Austria 1917 – Milan, Italy 2007


  • to Italy c.1935


Italy 1981

manufacturer (organisation)

Alcor 1983 Description: vase
Place made: Italy
Materials & Technique: glass, glass

Dimensions: 48.4 h 18.4 diameter cm
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