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

On display on Level 1


Innsbruck, Austria 1917 – Milan, Italy 2007


  • to Italy c.1935


Italy 1981


Sol 1982 Description: fruit dish
Place made: Italy
Materials & Technique: glass, bowls, glass: blown

Dimensions: 26.6 h 31.0 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1511
Image rights: © Ettore Sottsass. Licensed by Viscopy

Ettore Sottsass was one of the most expressive and original designers working in Italy and the key figure in the Memphis group of designers, established in Milan in 1981. He moved away from a functional approach to design towards a more spontaneous and intuitive method of deriving new forms to renew its ‘language’. This fruit stand is typical of Sottsass’s approach to design, combining vigorous forms with the confident and flamboyant use of material that characterised Italian industrial design of the 1970s and 1980s.

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