Ettore Sottsass at the CIRVA - An architect in the workshop

Ettore Sottsass was always fascinated by glass, and worked with it at Cirva (the International Centre of Research on Glass and Visual Arts) from 1998 up until his death in 2007.

 

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“A veritable hymn to life in the choice of colors and in the cosmic tranquility of the forms; each object he’s conceived rests like a small architectural structure in its own autonomous space.” Isabelle Reiher, CIRVA director.

Ettore Sottsass was always fascinated by glass, and worked with it at Cirva (the International Centre of Research on Glass and Visual Arts) from 1998 up until his death in 2007. This material offered him an entire panoply of possibilities for his creativity: transparence and opacity, a multiplicity of colors and thicknesses… Along the way, as he advanced in his creative projects, he associated it with other materials, like ceramic, marble, chrome, steel, lava rock and Corian®, in order to make more complex pieces and enlarge his field of reflection.

The work is presented in four series, the fruit of collaboration between Ettore Sottsass and the Cirva glassblowers:
- “Vases” : this series plays on the novel use of an everyday object, a vase, transforming both its utility and the user’s perception of it.
- “Lingam” and “Xiangzheng” : inspired by Hinduism, predominance is given to color, and the pieces alternate between tension and harmony.
- “Kachinas” : this last series is motivated by Hispano-American spirituality, the culmination of a spiritual dimension accorded to objects inspired by the beliefs of Latin American Indian societies that Ettore Sottsass had been researching since beginning his career.

This book was published with the support of the National Center of Plastic Arts - CNAP.

Reference 9782363060723
Number of pages 48
Size 15,5 x 21 cm
ISBN 9782363060723
Edition 2000 copies
Publication date 2013

Sottsass (Ettore)


Was born in innsbrück, austria in 1917, in 1939 he graduated in architecture from politecnico of turin. he started out on his professional career, working with his father, the architect ettore sottsass sr.,an important figure in italian rationalism. immediately after the war he moved to milan, where he set up a studio to deal with architectual and design projects. In 1958 he started to work with olivetti as design consultant for more than than twenty years and designed numerious items, which now form part of permanent collections of museums such as the moma in new york, the centre george pompidou in paris, the denver art museum and the israel museum in jerusalem. this work was to gain him four 'compassi d'oro'. He continued to devote time to design culture, taking part in projects aimed at renewing the language of contemporary design. this research was to lead to the creation of several hundreds of objects, mostly one-off, exhibited at various personal shows in international galleries and museums.


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