Set of Eight Mandarin Dining Chairs Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll International

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Knoll
ETTORE SOTTSASS JR. (ITALY, 1917-2007)

An architect, industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, Ettore Sottsass led a revolution in the aesthetics and technology of modern design in the late 20th century.

Sottsass was the oldest member of the Memphis Group — a design collective, formed in Milan in 1980, whose irreverent, spirited members included Alessandro Mendini, Michele de Lucchi, Michael Graves, and Shiro Kuramata. All had grown disillusioned by the staid, black-and-brown “corporatized” modernism that had become endemic in the 1970s. Memphis (the name stemmed from the title of a Bob Dylan song) countered with bold, brash, colorful, yet quirkily minimal designs for furniture, glassware, ceramics and metalwork. They mocked high-status by building furniture with inexpensive materials such as plastic laminates, decorated to resemble exotic finishes such as animal skins. Their work was both functional and — as intended — shocking.

Set of Eight Mandarin Dining Chairs Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll International

1986

Memphis Group, Milan, Italy.

2 armchairs and 6 side chairs newly upholstered in a rich red fabric.

Tubular steel construction with lumbar support in back.

Black lacquered steel legs and white arms.

Side Chair 18″W x 22″D x 32.5″

Seat Height 16.25″

Arm Chair 26″W x 23.5″D x 32.5″

Seat Height 16.25″
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